Last year at Blogalicious, I met Luvvie Ajayi. I had been following her for a while on Twitter and loved her blog. Her Twitter persona is hilarious. She’s witty. She’s funny. She snaps all the time. I expected a GO HARD ALL DAY chick. NOT!
Luvvie is sweet. She’s kind and thoughtful. I fell in love with her at first site. LOVE THIS CHICK! Anyhow, one of the many things that Luvvie is involved in is called The Red Pump Project. She is one of the founders. The primary goal of the Red Pump Project is to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. So, when she asked if I would become involved as well, I jumped on it.
I’ve been displaying The Red Pump Project badge on my sidebar for the last few months, along with more than 1000 other bloggers. And today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. I wanted to give a few facts that you may not be aware of–
- In 2006, women made up 25% of the persons living with HIV in the United States. Women also represented 27% of new HIV infections in 2006.
- High-risk heterosexual contact is the source of 80% of these newly diagnosed infections in women in the US.
- From the beginning of the epidemic through 2005, almost 86,000 women have died of AIDS and AIDS-related complications.
- The largest number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses during recent years was for women aged 15–39.
- Seven of the 10 states with the highest case rates among women are in the South.
- HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States. According to the 2005 census, Black and Latina women represent 24% of all US women combined, but accounted for 82% of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for women in 2005.
- HIV is the leading cause of death for Black women aged 25–34 years. The only diseases causing more deaths of women are cancer and heart disease.
- The rate of AIDS diagnosis for Black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women.
- In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%.
Sobering, huh? Read them again. Digest them. Then email them to a friend. And Rock The Red Pumps today!