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November 2009: It's A Girl Thing

Women represent nearly 280,000 of all HIV cases in the United States. They are half of the total global population living with the virus. They are more likely to be misdiagnosed, receive a late diagnosis and die sooner from AIDS than men. Many are mothers and thus shoulder the unique needs of parenting while positive. Others don't have children—and sometimes that's a direct result of living with the virus. Tell us about your concerns fighting HIV as a woman.
 
1. Before discovering your HIV-positive status, did a doctor ever talk you out of getting tested for HIV?
Yes
No
 
2. Do you think doctors look with the same degree of vigilance for symptoms of HIV in women as they do in men?
Yes
No
 
3. How long do you think you were living with the virus before discovering that you were positive?
Less than one year
1 to 3 years
4 to 6 years
7 to 10 years
More than 10 years
 
4. When did you find out you were HIV positive? (Check all that apply.)
On the same day I received an AIDS diagnosis
When I was pregnant
When my boyfriend/husband/partner suggested I get tested
When my children became ill and/or were diagnosed with HIV
When I got sick from an HIV-related condition that was not an AIDS-defining illness
When I got sick from an AIDS-defining illness
 
5. How long have you been living with HIV?
Less than one year
1 year
2 to 5 years
6 to 10 years
11 to 15 years
16 to 20 years
More than 20 years
 
6. Has the need to care for your children or the cost of paying someone to care for them kept you from participating in a clinical trial?
Yes
No
 
7. Do you feel confident that research scientists and doctors know as much about the way HIV operates in a woman's body as they do about the way it works in a man's?
Yes
No
 
8. Does it upset you that the majority of clinical trials primarily enroll men?
Yes
No
 
9. If you are undisclosed and have children, is your silence about your status an effort to protect your children from HIV stigma?
Yes
No
 
10. Is it harder for women with HIV to find a date/partner than it is for HIV-positive men?
Yes
No
 
11. Is the stigma surrounding women living with HIV greater than it is for men?
Yes
No
 
12. If you have children, are any of them HIV positive?
Yes, some
Yes, all
No
 
13. If you have children and they are HIV positive, do they know their status?
Yes, some
Yes, all
No
 
14. If you have children, positive and/or negative, do they know your status?
Yes, some
Yes, all
No
 
15. Has fear of transmitting HIV to a child kept you from having a child?
Yes
No
 
16. Do you think women in general are aware that they are at risk for getting HIV?
Yes
No
 
17. What is your sexual orientation?
Straight
Gay/Lesbian
Bisexual
Other
 
18. What is your ethnicity (Check all that apply.)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Arab or Middle Easternn
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
White
(please specify) 
 
19. What is your ZIP code?



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