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How common is acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in women?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
It's a shocking fact that in nine major American cities, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the number one cause of death for women twenty-five to forty-four years of age. Because women are more susceptible to contracting the disease than men, experts expect AIDS to increase among women.
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In 2007 there were approximately 200,000 girls and women with AIDS according to the CDC. Approximately, 58 in 100,000 African American women have AIDS. In Latina women the rate is 21 in 100,000 women. Women are more likely to get the HIV virus, which is the virus that can lead to AIDS, from heterosexual contact more than through IV drug use. The risk increases with sex around the time of the menstrual period and if there are any ulcers in the genital region during sex.

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