Reemphasizing the Context of Women's Risk for HIV/AIDS in the United States

Published in: Women's Health Issues, v. 15, no. 4, Jul./Aug. 2005, p. 154-156

Posted on RAND.org on June 30, 2005

by Suzanne L. Wenzel, Joan S. Tucker

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HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic that is increasingly affecting women on every continent. Researchers who concentrate their efforts on improving public understanding of womens risk for HIV and developing interventions to reduce HIV risk have become increasingly aware that the epidemic is deeply rooted in a larger context, one in which HIV/AIDS co-occurs with other public health problems such as violence, and with structural inequities involving (but not limited to) poverty and homelessness. Efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS among women that affect the structural factors associated with risk require much more than the dedication of health and social service providers and researchers.

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