Mar 10, 2009

Savvy Sistahs Care: The Red Pump Project

Ladies, today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! I feel that it is important for every Savvy Sistah to have information about this disease and how it affects women everyday. I don't know anyone personally who has been affected by HIV or AIDs, but I still feel for the individuals and families that have to live with this disease daily. I learned about this day thanks to The Red Pump Project, which was created by two fellow bloggers Karyn of The Fabulous Giver and Luvvie of Awesomely Luvvie. They are also having a few fundraisers and all proceeds will go to the Chicago Women's AIDS Project, this is the only organization in Chicago solely dedicated to providing gender-specific HIV prevention and care services to women at risk.

Take a look at how HIV/AIDS affect Minority Women

HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States. According to the 2005 census, Black and Latina women represent 24% of all US women combined, but account for 82% of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for women in 2005.

HIV is:

*the leading cause of death for black women (including African American women) aged 25–34 years.

*the 3rd leading cause of death for black women aged 35–44 years.

*the 4th leading cause of death for black women aged 45–54 years.

*the 4th leading cause of death for Latina women aged 35–44 years.

*The only diseases causing more deaths of women were cancer and heart disease

*The rate of AIDS diagnosis for black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women

*In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%

Statistics courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and Kaiser Family Foundation

Click the link: for information on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Ladies grab a pair of pumps cause Savvy Sistahs Care!


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