May 19 was National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In recognition, we decided to focus on HIV/AIDS. Why? Especially since we’re primarily a nutrition project? Because we recognize that nutrition is only part of the picture when it comes to women’s health. And women, no matter what our background or ethnicity, are at risk for HIV. In the video below, California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who is living with Hepatitis B, speaks about the rise of HIV in A/PI Americans. The video was first posted by the Banyan Tree Project, part of San Francisco’s own A&PI Wellness Center.
Some quick facts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):
- The number of API Americans living with HIV/AIDS continues to rise. It’s continued to rise by 10% every year over the past 5 years.
- Eighty percent (80%) of API women living with HIV/AIDS in 2005 were infected through heterosexual contact.
- Heterosexual contact accounted for a greater proportion of HIV/AIDS cases among API women than among all other racial/ethnic groups.
- Learn the facts! Click here for fact sheets from HHS.
- Know your numbers! Not just for HIV but for STIs, which, if you have one, can increase your risk for HIV. Click here for Yelp! reviews of testing sites in San Francisco.
- Spread the word. Share this post, or some of the Banyan Tree Project videos with your friends and family.
We want to know what you think.
- Do you think your friends/relatives are concerned about HIV? Why or why not?
- What about other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)?
- How do you protect yourself from HIV/STI or from unintended pregnancy?
- What would you like other women to know about HIV/STIs?
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