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HIV/AIDS Among Women: Maternal & Child Health & HIV/AIDS Partnerships

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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Relatively few women and female adolescents were diagnosed with HIV infection in the early phases of the epidemic. Now they account for more than one-quarter of all new cases. Furthermore, disparities in HIV infection rates across racial and ethnic groups remain alarmingly large. Today there are numerous efforts to target funding and programming to serve women, infants, children, and youth. Some of these initiatives are geared to women in high-risk minority communities. However, the number of women infected with HIV and living with HIV/AIDS continues to climb, and many still lack appropriate care and treatment.

Maternal and child health (MCH) and HIV/AIDS programs can mount an effective response by building on their past success dramatically reducing perinatal HIV transmission. Together with their partners at State and local levels, they can reach women with prevention education before they are pregnant, expand access to HIV testing, and ensure that care is accessible for women and children infected with HIV.

In this DataSpeak conference, an official from CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention will provide an update on the trends in HIV infection and AIDS among women. She will be followed by two senior officials from the Title V and State AIDS programs in Florida who exemplify the importance of strong partnerships between State and local MCH programs and State AIDS and local Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act Part D programs to improve the reach and effectiveness of HIV prevention and treatment services for women and female adolescents.