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Zayda Rivera, The Body: HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What Does Gender Have to Do With It? Parts 1 & 2

HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What Does Gender Have to Do With It?
by Zayda Rivera, September 15, 2011 Part 1
by Zayda Rivera, September 20, 2011 Part 2 

At some point in life, 1 in 106 Latina women will be diagnosed with HIV in the United States. In addition, while Latinas account for only 14 percent of the U.S. female population over the age of 13,they account for 18 percent of all HIV cases among women and account for 21 percent of cumulative AIDS cases among women. Not to mention, AIDS is the 5th leading cause of death for Latinas, aged 25-44.

Numerous studies have found that the major mode of transmission in this population is heterosexual contact. But what else is contributing to these numbers?

In an exclusive, roundtable discussion, Zayda Rivera — journalist and multi-cultural communications strategist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — sat down with Susan Rodriguez, co-founder,Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS/HIV Research and Treatment (SMART) University; Bianca Lopez, Community Coordinator for Adolescent AIDS; and Maria T. Mejia, activist and blogger for TheBody.com, to discuss how gender inequality make Latinas vulnerable to contracting HIV, prevention obstacles and how language can serve as a barrier to treatment and information.

HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What Does Gender Have to Do With It? Part 1

HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What Does Gender Have to Do With It? Part 2

 

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