This brief includes federal and state policy recommendations to improve resources for women regardless of their immigration status. As we approach the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for celebrating Hispanic culture, including the rich cultural contributions immigrants make, it is critical we include the lived experiences of immigrant women in our HIV response.
Today, the 30 for 30 Campaign released a new brief exploring challenges particular to immigrant women which place them at risk for HIV and make it difficult to access treatment and prevention. Nearly 42.2 million people immigrated to the United States in 2014, representing various countries and cultures from around the world. While immigrants from different backgrounds have distinct needs, most experience disparities in HIV diagnosis and care.
Immigrant women live multi-issue lives and face intersectional oppression which makes access to HIV prevention and treatment even more difficult. Stigma, lack of cultural competency, language barriers, and lack of documentation or citizenship status are factors that can uniquely affect immigrant women’s access to healthcare and preventive health services.