The AIDS rate in African-American women in Los Angeles County in 1996 was the highest of any racial or ethnic group of women in Los Angeles. A similar pattern is seen nationally. It is not clearly known why African-American women have such high AIDS rates, as data is limited in this area. This project was undertaken to obtain representative data to guide HIV prevention interventions in African-American women in Los Angeles.
To conduct a descriptive and comparative analysis of the sociodemographics and high-risk sexual and drug-using behaviors of African-American women with HIV and AIDS.
This data is from the CDC-funded SHAS project and includes a population-based survey of women reported with AIDS from 1990 to 1997 and HIV-infected women diagnosed at the largest public HIV outpatient facility in the county. Interviews were conducted on women diagnosed with AIDS from hospitals and clinics throughout Los Angeles County and on women diagnosed with HIV infection at the 5P21 Clinic at the LAC-USC Medical Center.
Frank Sorvillo, Ph.D.
Amy Wohl, Ph.D.