273296 Addressing the converging issue of violence against women and HIV

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Frances Ashe-Goins, RN, MPH , Office of Women's Health, US DHHS, Washington, DC
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey reported that 1.3 million women were raped during the year preceding the 2010 survey; nearly 1 in 5 US women have been raped at some point in their lives; 1 in 4 women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner; approximately 1 in 5 Black women have experienced rape at some point in their lives; and approximately 4 out of every 10 women of non-Hispanic Black have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, including more than 290,000 women. Black and Hispanic women account for nearly three-quarters of new HIV infections among women. In July 2010, President Obama launched the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy to provide a coordinated national response to fight the epidemic, with the goals of reducing new infections, improving health outcomes, and decreasing HIV-related health disparities.

These are the same women that we have been working with, in isolation of their significant health issues such as HIV/AIDS. It is time we address this converging issue in our strategies and programs.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify the concurrent statistics related to VAW and HIV for women of color Describe the current unique yet separate efforts to address VAW and HIV Discuss components of VAW and HIV efforts that complement each other Develop strategies that combine VAW and HIV components in their programs

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been an RN for 40 years, a public health expert for 32 years and a federal government staffer for 20 years. I have worked specifically in this field for more than 17 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.