HIV Infection Rates and Gender-Responsive Care

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The Impact of HIV Infection Rates on Women and Girls

As an intern at the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I collected quantitative data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the vulnerability of diverse groups of women to HIV. Throughout my internship, I researched the effect of the social determinants of race, gender, and location on the rates of new HIV infections.

I presented my summer research at Wellesley College’s Tanner Conference, an annual conference in which students analyze and share their diverse off-campus experiences with colleagues and peers of the college community. In this presentation, I outlined the need for a gender-responsive HIV prevention program to address the intersectionality of social determinants of health, such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and other structures of inequality, which increase the vulnerability of women and adolescent girls to HIV infection.

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