HIV prevention and heterosexual African-American women

Gina M. Wingood, Christina Camp, Kristin Dunkle, Hannah Cooper, Ralph J. Di Clemente

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Early in the epidemic, HIV infection and AIDS were diagnosed among relatively few women and female adolescents. Currently, women account for more than 25% of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the USA. Heterosexually acquired HIV/AIDS is the predominant route of transmission for African-American women. Among African-American women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS during 2001-2004, 78% contracted the infection via heterosexual contact.1 , 2 Unfortunately, African-American women are being devastated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Thus, designing effective HIV prevention programs for this population is crucial. Theoretical frameworks are critical components of HIV prevention programs because they serve as guides for developing the core elements, vignettes, and activities of HIV prevention interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780387981512
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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