St. Petersburg, FL – December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day set aside to unite in the fight against HIV and show support for people living with HIV.
According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four people living with HIV are women. The numbers also show African American women and Hispanic women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, compared with women of other races.
Kamaria Laffrey of Winter Haven has been very outspoken about her diagnosis, in an effort to help other women living with HIV. She's spent the last 10 years helping change the stigma related to HIV/AIDS.
She was diagnosed after her daughter was born in 2003. Her daughter is HIV negative.
Kamaria also shared her story about her diagnoses in a nearly six-minute "Faces of HIV" interview: http://www.wemakethechange.com/faces/
More resources for women with HIV:
- What to know for adolescent women
- What to know for young adult women
- What to know for post-menopausal women
- CDC facts on HIV among women