PO Box 12354
Tucson, AZ 85732
Empowering Women with HIV/AIDS in Pima County!
PowerSource Tucson, Inc is an empowerment program designed to
provide resources, support and caring for women living
with HIV/AIDS in Pima County.
What is PowerSource Tucson
We are an empowerment program designed to provide resources, support and caring for women living with HIV/AIDS in Pima County, AZ.
In the United States women account for one in four new HIV diagnoses and deaths caused by AIDS. The proportion of AIDS diagnoses reported among women has more than tripled since 1985. The vast majority of women diagnosed with HIV contracted the virus through heterosexual sex. HIV/AIDS is now the sixth leading cause of death among women ages 25 to 34 and the leading cause of death among African-American women in this age group, according to the CDC.
HIV is at least four times more transmissible to women than to men. African Americans constituted 64 percent of women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2009. African Americans and Hispanics represent 26 percent of all women in the U.S. but they account for 82 percent of AIDS cases among women. African-American women have an HIV prevalence rate nearly 15 times that of white women.
New HIV infections among women are primarily attributed to heterosexual contact (84% in 2010) or injection drug use (16% in 2010). Women accounted for 20% of estimated new HIV infections in 2010 and 24% of those living with HIV infection in 2009. The 9,500 new infections among women in 2010 reflect a significant 21% decrease from the 12,000 new infections that occurred among this group in 2008.
In Arizona, the cumulative number of reported AIDS cases from the beginning of the epidemic in 1981 through 1996 is 5,038. 594 cases were reported in Arizona in the past year. 7.26% of the total number of reported AIDS cases are among women.
In Pima County there are 343 diagnosed women living with HIV/AIDS (2006-2010). Only about 60% of these women are receiving services through local HIV clinics and AIDS service organizations. 50% of the diagnosed cases are due to heterosexual contacts; 3% are prenatal transmission; 15% were reported as IDU transmission, and the remainder are unknown risks.
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