Women and HIV/AIDSThere are more than one million HIV-positive individuals living in the United States today, with women becoming increasingly at risk. Women represent 26% of all new HIV infections.1 As we mark National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, we encourage you to get the facts on HIV and to learn how to protect yourself, your children, and others you love.
How women get HIV
Passing HIV onto Babies
Studies have found that Azidothymidine (AZT) and a combination of antiretroviral therapies during pregnancy help to decrease mother to child transmission.
Signs of HIV infection in women
Women with HIV may also experience irregularities in their menstrual cycles. Vaginal yeast infections, which are commonly experienced by many women, are often persistent and difficult to treat in women who are HIV-infected. Infections including bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis may occur more frequently and with greater severity. Infections from the human papillomavirus (HPV) which cause genital warts and can lead to cervical cancer occur more frequently in HIV-infected women. A precancerous condition associated with HPV, called cervical dysplasia, is also more common and more severe in HIV-infected women.
Protect Yourselves and the Women You Love
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
1 Department of Health & Human Services.
2 Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
3 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases