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Fact Sheet Women and HIV-AIDS: NWHIC

Article title: Fact Sheet Women and HIV-AIDS: NWHIC

Conditions: HIV

Source: NWHIC


Women are one of the fastest growing groups infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and the disease is becoming increasingly common among younger women--especially women of color. For example, in New York City new cases of AIDS in women--reflecting HIV infection several years ago--now exceed new cases of AIDS in gay men. From 1994 through December 1997, of the 92,107 persons initially diagnosed with HIV infection, 26 percent were women. In 1996, AIDS became the third leading cause of death among women of reproductive age and the number one cause of death for African American women of that age. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is taking comprehensive action to address the special needs of women with HIV/AIDS and to prevent further spread of the virus to women.

For further information, contact:

Office on Women's Health
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 730B
Washington, D.C. 20201
(202) 690-7650

National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC)
1-800-994-WOMAN (1-800-994-9662)

CDC National AIDS Hotline
(1-800-342-2437 (English); 1-800-344-7432 (Spanish) 1-800-243-7889 (TTY) - offers confidential information to the general public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained information specialists answer questions and can send a variety of free publications.

The NCHSTP Prevention Information Network,
formerly the CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse (1-800-458-5231; 1-800-243-7012 (TTY)) is a national reference, referral, and publication distribution service for HIV/AIDS information; it disseminates AIDS information to clinicians, patients, and the public and provides news, funding sources, a calendar, and customized information searches.

AIDS Treatment Information Service (ATIS)
1-800-448-0440; 1-800-243-7012 (TTY)

AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service (ACTIS)
1-800-TRIALS-A; 1-800-874-2572




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