Of the 50 states, New Jersey has the highest proportion-one out of three- of people living with HIV/AIDS who are women. And while women of color comprise only one third of New Jersey's adult female population, they constitute more than 83 percent of the state's women with HIV/AIDS. Through their stories, three African-American New Jersey women shed light on the drivers of this crisis-and suggest some ways to solve it.
Hillary: “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world,” she says. “It is past time for women to take their rightful place, side by side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children’s and grandchildren’s fates, are decided.”
Artist Shepard Fairey has created a captivating new design for Amnesty International to support its global campaign to defend the rights of women and girls in Nicaragua. Remember, Saturday March 10th is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!
Thirty years into the epidemic, a new crop of kids faces adulthood—with HIV. From babies born with the virus to teens who acquired it behaviorally, members of this new generation struggle to navigate survival while making their way through the world. The stories of these four brave young people are examples for how to succeed in spite of HIV. They also serve as cautionary tales, reminding us of the price we pay for not teaching our children well. Let lessons be learned.
Diagnosed with HIV in 2004, Luz de Jesus Roman knows all too well that HIV disproportionately affects Latinas. Having recently given birth to a healthy HIV-negative baby girl, Luz also knows that motherhood is a real option for HIV-positive women.
September #157 : Mother Plus Child Minus HIV - by Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee fearlessly leads the charge on Capitol Hill for people with HIV. Tens of millions of lives—including ours—depend on her ability to convince lawmakers to support the fight against AIDS. Having made an effective case for presidential leadership on the issue of ending AIDS, she now needs all the support she can get to rally the rest of Congress to champion the cause.
Paige Rawl, 17, Indianapolis, Perinatally Infected: She is a high school student, an athlete, a teen. Having encountered and overcome enormous stigma, Paige has flourished—making a place for herself in a world that hasn’t figured out how to make a place for youth living life with HIV.
September #174 : All Grown Up With HIV - by Cristina González