Encyclopedia of AIDS

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| Editors: Thomas J. Hope, Douglas Richman, Mario Stevenson

Women, Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS

  • Danielle F. Haley
  • Claire E. Farel
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9610-6_167-1


Women worldwide bear a substantial burden of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, the majority attributed to heterosexual transmission. A woman’s risk of HIV acquisition results from a complex intersection of biological, behavioral, social, and structural factors. Timely diagnosis and linkage to care and treatment can reduce morbidity and mortality as well as perinatal transmission of HIV. Effective HIV prevention efforts among women will require a synthesis of biomedical, behavioral, and structural approaches which address the underlying social structures (e.g., gender inequality) which promote vulnerability to HIV infection among women.

HIV/AIDS in Women

Globally, over 50% of all adults aged 15 years and older living with HIV are women, an estimated total of 17.8 million women in 2015 (UNAIDS 2017). The burden of HIV among women varies by geographic region of the world. The majority of HIV-infected women live in sub-Saharan Africa, which constitutes roughly 80%...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Global Health and Infectious DiseasesUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA