A deep understanding of the current needs of women living with HIV is important to determine what is working well and what can be improved in current health care programs. As legislative attacks on women’s health services increase in today’s political climate, advocates must be prepared to defend women’s health care by understanding the impact of cutting or eliminating programs that strive to provide health care to vulnerable communities.
This report is meant to help advocates make sure the voices and needs of women living with HIV are part of the national dialogue and present in addressing the HIV epidemic. In an effort to promote a community driven policy agenda that genuinely includes the voices of women living with HIV, the 30 for 30 Campaign [the Campaign] created this report by engaging in conversations around the United States with women living with HIV to learn about their views and experience related to quality of and access to health care, as well as their attitudes toward sex, sexual health, HIV disclosure, and stigma. This report is the culmination of that project, and provides an overview of the findings and implications of the experiences of women living with HIV, as shared with the 30 for 30 Campaign.
The Campaign aims to weave together the voices of women living with HIV while grounding the analysis of their anecdotal experiences in public health data. This endeavor could not have been possible without the deeply committed and hardworking local community-based organizations that partnered with the Campaign to conduct outreach and ensure that conversations were culturally and community appropriate.
In this report, the 30 for 30 Campaign diligently and thoughtfully reviewed and analyzed collected conversations within the context of current public health studies and prevalence data. We endeavored to assess how the Campaign’s current policy goals reflect and strive to meet the needs of women living with HIV.
We hope this report will help fuel policy advocacy and legislative change that authentically improves the quality of health for women living with HIV and strengthens HIV prevention efforts.