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PowerSourceTucson, Inc is an empowerment program in Tucson, AZ designed to provide resources, support and caring for women living with HIV/AIDS. The plan is to ultimately have a drop-in/resource center - read a comfortable house - so we can have a peaceful, friendly, homey place to relax, grab a snack, learn, talk with other women...
JUST SO YOU KNOW…
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 [1,2]. 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.
· 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)
· 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
For more information about our program, please call 520-222-4880.