Ryan White and Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Ryan White and Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10, 2016
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Women represent nearly one fourth of people living with HIV infection in the U.S. (CDC data) and 28.3 percent of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients (2014 Ryan White Client-Level Data Report). Minority women comprise the majority of Ryan White clients: 61 percent are African American women while Latinas comprise 19.5 percent. This heavy burden is driven by an environment of poverty, lack of health care, and substance abuse. Female clients of Ryan White have lower incomes than male clients, according to the 2014 report.

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Ryan White HIV Care Makes a Difference

Overall, Ryan White clients have higher rates of retention in care, and better viral suppression, compared with national data. According to the 2014 Ryan White Client-Level Data Report, the same holds true for female Ryan White clients, whose health outcomes are comparable to overall Ryan White results:

  • Among Ryan White clients, women have rates of retention in care (82.4 percent) and viral load suppression (80.1 percent) that are comparable to overall Ryan White figures.  
  • Overall, the percentages of black/African American women who were retained in care (81.8 percent) and virally suppressed (78.1 percent) were relatively consistent with national Ryan White averages.
  • Latinas represent 19.5 percent of Ryan White clients. Overall, Hispanic/Latino women had a higher retention in care percentage (86.3 percent) than the national Ryan White average, while  \viral suppression (82.6 percent) was relatively consistent with the national Ryan White average.

TA Resources on Women and HIV

A collection of TA and training resources focused on women with HIV/AIDS are available on the TARGET Center, like:

  • Enhancing Access to HIV Care for Women of Color presents practical information for providers to use to meet the unique needs of women. Lessons learned are from SPNS research demonstration project findings. 
  • Guide to the Clinical Care of Women with HIV presents specific tools for clinicians in caring for women living with HIV. The Guide is among the most downloaded HIV/AIDS clinical protocols developed by HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau. Relatedly, multiple chapters in HRSA's Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care also provide essential information on care for women living with HIV/AIDS. The Guide was developed by the AETC National Resource Center (NRC), which provides many training tools for clinicians, including resources featured on the NRC's topic page.

Ryan White Programs Targeting Women

While all Ryan White programs deliver care to women living with HIV, several have a special focus on women and girls as well as their families.

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