Women and HIV

Women and HIV

You may be wondering, “Does HIV affect women?”

The answer is yes.

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Women represent about 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses each year.* 

Over half of women diagnosed with HIV are Black

Over half of women diagnosed with HIV are Black.

18% of women diagnosed with HIV are Hispanic/ Latina

18% of women diagnosed with HIV are Hispanic/Latina.

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1 in 7 transgender women are living with HIV.

*According to a 2018 study. 

According to a 2019 study. 

According to studies conducted between 2006 and 2017.

How do women get HIV?

The risk of getting HIV is increased when a condom is not used during vaginal and/or anal sex.

Why should women use PrEP?

To be prepared in case things don't go as planned. A condom can break (or one may not be used at all), or a partner might have sex outside of the relationship without letting their partner know. 

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What does all that mean? 

It’s more important than ever that women be prepared to protect themselves from HIV.

That includes using safer sex practices, like condoms and lubricants, and learning about PrEP, a medication that helps prevent HIV.

You may want to consider PrEP if you:

Are having sex with more than 1 partner

Are in a relationship, but want to be extra safe if you don’t know the status of your partner

Are working in the sex industry

Have a sexual partner(s) who is living with HIV, especially if they haven’t reached undetectable yet or are unsure of their viral load

Have had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the past 6 months

Sometimes have sex without a condom

Are concerned that someone may see your PrEP pill

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Advocating for yourself and your health

It’s not always easy to talk about sex, but it’s important, especially when it comes to HIV.

Remember: You have the right to ask your healthcare provider for an STI/HIV test and to discuss your options for taking charge of protecting yourself.

There’s a long-acting* PrEP that also helps protect women against getting HIV-1.

*APRETUDE is an injection given by a healthcare provider every other month after 2 injections have been given 1 month apart.

Choose an option below to learn about the clinical study results.

*APRETUDE is an injection given by a healthcare provider every other month after 2 injections have been given 1 month apart.

Choose an option below to learn about the clinical study results.

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