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HIV can touch the lives of all American women, no matter what their background. However, research shows that women of color are more likely to be infected with HIV.
Some risks of HIV infection may be higher in some communities.
African-American women and Latinas have the highest rates of HIV. HIV diagnoses in black women are nearly 15 times higher than in white women. HIV diagnoses in Hispanic or Latina women are four times higher than in white women.
National strategy to fight HIV/AIDS
One of the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is to reduce the number of HIV infections. The strategy also aims to improve care for African‑Americans and Latinos living with HIV/AIDS, and to help more of the people in these groups to get better treatment. It also plans to support studies that will help us learn more about HIV/AIDS in Asian‑Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Alaska Natives.
The latest estimates from the CDC show almost 300,000 women living with HIV in the U.S. A study of 40 U.S. states and territories shows that 66 percent of the women who were diagnosed with HIV in 2009 were African-American, 17 percent were white, and 14 percent were Hispanic or Latina.
It's important that every woman protect herself from getting HIV, no matter what her race or ethnicity. Remember: You can take charge of some things in your life that can prevent HIV infection!
Content last updated: July 01, 2011.
Resources last updated: July 01, 2011.