Nineteen percent of people living with HIV in the United States are women (down from about 25% in 2014!) according to the CDC. Most of these diagnoses are attributed to heterosexual sex. While HIV diagnoses in women are down, more than 7,000 women were diagnosed HIV+ in the most recent year statistics were available. Testing leads to treatment which reduces infection rates.
“Having lost her uncle to the disease when she was younger, Pressly is helping continue the conversation about HIV/AIDS on a national scale. She’s also participating in the CDC’s Act Against AIDS “Doing It” campaign to help normalize HIV testing in the United States. The hope is to make testing part of every American’s health routine.” Read more at BELLA New York.