Since the time of the first diagnosis in 1981, there have been over 30 million lives lost to the AIDS epidemic. Whereas stigma and discrimination once led people to believe mistakenly that this was a “gay disease,” recent statistics reveal that women account for over half of HIV infections worldwide. Furthermore, research shows that the vast majority of HIV infections for women are transmitted through heterosexual intercourse.
Keeping that in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to share an infographic about women and AIDS designed by our friend, Dalene Joubert, over at HealthforHer. In this infographic, Dalene correctly points out that women are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS around the world. She also highlights some of the unique challenges faced by women and girls, including cultural expectations and gender inequality. “Image and perception have a lot of influence over how people engage in society. We live in a culture where women are often portrayed as sexual objects through advertising, music videos and literature. Obviously, gender discrimination plays a large part in women’s vulnerability to HIV and AIDS,” adds Dalene.
While scientific advancements have brought us closer to a cure, medicine can only go so far. For this reason, AID FOR AIDS is committed to empowering vulnerable communities, including women and girls, through our model of comprehensive prevention. This involves not only educating people about HIV and AIDS and safer sex practices, but also our programs aim to train leaders and equip individuals with the skills and abilities necessary to become advocates and agents of change within their own communities. Empowering women around the world is just one of the strategies we use to achieve the ultimate goal of a world without AIDS. Click here to help us carry on this mission of empowerment and to continue saving lives one by one.