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Infection Rate Increases in U.S. Women

Infection Rate Increases in U.S. Women


The proportion of new HIV cases among women in the United States is increasing at the fastest rate in the world, according to a study by the United Nations Development Fund for Women. The percentage of U.S. female HIV cases climbed from 20% in 2001 to 25% in 2003 (actual amounts rose from 180,000 to 240,000). About 80% of the new infections in women were African-Americans and Latinas. A separate study by researchers at the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that HIV-positive American women with private insurance are prescribed antiretroviral drugs far less often than their male peers. Only 39% of such women were prescribed anti-HIV drugs, compared to 71% of HIVpositive men with private insurance. U.S. women also were shown to be about half as likely as men to be prescribed newer, more expensive anti-HIV medications.

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