The Illinois Department of Public Health says when it comes to HIV awareness, sexually-active women and young girls are often overlooked. The Department is putting a renewed emphasis on teaching women to protect themselves and how to get tested.
More than a million Americans are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. About a quarter of them are women, and in St. Louis and throughout the country, African-American women are disproportionately affected.
An HIV diagnosis can lead not just to debilitating medical problems, but to social stigma and isolation. But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra reports, a photography project is giving some HIV-positive women a new way to look at their disease and its challenges.