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Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States: Setting an Agenda for the Future

Women represent almost one in three new HIV infections in the U.S. and the share of women among reported AIDS cases has more than tripled since 1986 from 7% to 26% of reported cases in 2001. Women of color, particularly African American women, have been hard hit, accounting for the majority of new infections among women. In addition, many women with HIV/AIDS are low-income and face considerable challenges in obtaining optimal levels of health care.

An October 23, 2003 meeting hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation included a discussion of the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among women and featured the premiere of Hidden Crisis: Women and AIDS in America, a documentary created by Rory Kennedy and Moxie Firecracker Films. The film profiles the lives of three women living with HIV/AIDS. Speakers included leaders from the Women’s Health, HIV/AIDS, and Minority Health communities, and a Viacom representative of the Kaiser/Viacom Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS.

Video: Hidden Crisis: Women and HIV in America, a documentary by Moxie Firecracker Films

Meeting Agenda (.pdf)

Fact Sheet: Women and HIV in the United States

Key Facts: Women and HIV/AIDS

Report: The Healthcare Experiences of Women with HIV/AIDS: Insights from Focus Groups

Executive Summary: The Healthcare Experiences of Woment with HIV/AIDS: Insights from Focus Groups

Executive Summary: Perspectives on the Epidemic: Women and Teenage Girls at Risk for HIV: Insights from Focus Groups

Presentation: Women and HIV/AIDS in the U.S.:Update on Epidemiology and Key Trends (.pdf)

Speaker Biographies (.pdf)

Event Webcast