All concerned by HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS is affecting more and more women. We are all concerned. In its November 15, 2004 edition, Montreal daily La Presse noted that according to Health Canada, more and more women are affected by HIV/AIDS. The "proportion of HIV-positive women has gone from 9,7% in 1995 to nearly 25% in December 2001".
The number of women affected by HIV/AIDS is growing constantly, especially in those between 15 to 29 years of age. Transmission is occurring more and more often in the course of heterosexual sex and also concerns long-time relationships.
While women are twice as likely as men to contract HIV during unprotected sex, their needs are often overlooked by prevention projects and they are consequently screened later than men. Because of this delay, some of them will die prematurely.
Tell me more! Contact the Centre de ressources et dâ€™interventions en santĂ© et sexualitĂ© (CRISS : health and sexuality resource and response centre). CRISS is a community organisation dedicated to the well being of women living with HIV and their loved ones : 514.855.8991.
You can also come to Stellaâ€™s medical clinic to meet a female nurse or doctor. There is on-the-spot screening, and you can also get more information about HIV AIDS through health professionals who respect you as sex workers. The service is free and confidential.