The 411 on HIV/AIDS and Black Women

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  • Heterosexual Sex Is a Main Driver for HIV
  • Women Are Biologically More Vulnerable to HIV Transmission
  • Untreated STDs Make Women Vulnerable to HIV Infection
  • The Importance of Condom Negotiation
  • Gender Violence and HIV
  • Heterosexual Men Need to Join in Too
  • March 10 Is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!
  • Black Women and HIV
  • Younger People and HIV
  • HIV Transmission Among Black Women Decreasing

Untreated STDs Make Women Vulnerable to HIV Infection

HIV transmission is two to five times more likely if you have an undiagnosed and untreated STD. It lowers your immune system, making you more vulnerable to becoming HIV-positive if you come into contact with the virus. But some STDs have open sores that make it easier for HIV to enter your body. 

 

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