The Status Of HIV/AIDS Among Women in Shelby County
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Sunday, March 10. According to the most recent data provided by the Shelby County Health Department Epidemiology Section:
Unfortunately, for the first time in four years, new HIV diagnoses in Shelby County women increased. There were 100 cases of new HIV infections in women in 2011 compared to 86 new infections in 2010.
Women accounted for 32% of all people living with HIV or AIDS in Shelby County
90% of all women in Shelby County living with HIV or AIDS were non-Hispanic black.
62% of all women living with HIV or AIDS in Shelby County were of childbearing age, between 15 and 44 years old. However, no perinatal HIV infections were identified in Shelby County babies in 2011.
We still have a long way to go in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We encourage everyone to get tested and know your status now. If you have been diagnosed with HIV, early treatment is essential to living a longer, healthier life. Contact the Ryan White Program today and get the help you need to Know Now, Live Longer. To find a treatment provider near you, click here and enter your zip code. Or, call 1-877-HIV-KNOW (1-877-448-5669).