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Most Women With HIV and Their Health Care Providers Have Not Discussed How HIV Might Affect Them Differently Than Men
Date:10/10/2007

cent) identify themselves as caregivers. Forty-three percent of women surveyed feel that living with HIV has made taking care of their families "much more," or "somewhat more," difficult.

A majority of women surveyed (59 percent) feel that their culture, ethnicity or language impacts the care they receive either "a little" (21 percent) or "a lot" (38 percent). Hispanic (70 percent) and African-American (61 percent) women are more likely than Caucasian (37 percent) women to feel that these factors impact their care.

The survey was supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and developed in collaboration with The Well Project, a non-profit organization for women affected by HIV.

For more information about the Women Living Positive survey, please visit http://www.thewellproject.org. The site also provides comprehensive information about HIV and provides tools and resources for women living with the disease in English and in Spanish.

In addition to the issues discussed above, there are other important topics for HIV-positive women to discuss with their health care provider. These may include cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic medical conditions.

Survey Methodology

The Women Living Positive survey was conducted via phone by GfK Roper Public Affairs between December 21, 2006 and March 14, 2007. Interviews were conducted with a total of 700 U.S. women, aged 21 and over, diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and on HIV treatment for three or more years. The women interviewed were part of three ethnic/racial groups -- African-American, Caucasian and Hispanic.

Interviews were conducted in both Spanish and English. Figures for race/ethnicity and region were weighted where necessary to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demographics data for adult HIV-positive women in the United States. Differences between the survey subgroups were tes
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