Women and AIDS in New York City

A look at the growing rate of women with HIV/AIDS and the consequences for the city.

The paper describes how the problem of AIDS is growing among women and explains why the disease is often difficult to diagnose in women. It discusses the problems of having and raising children by AIDS infected women and shows how AIDS and HIV represent a significant cost to the city’s public health services network. The paper also describes New York City’s variety of agencies that try to meet the needs of people with HIV or AIDS. The paper also includes a sidebar containing general information regarding the disease.
“Because AIDS presents differently in men than women, some suspect that AIDS sometimes goes undiagnosed longer in women than men. Chris Morris, who wrote an article on the topic for Ms. Magazine, reports that a significant rise in female deaths between 1981 and 1986 in the Mid-Atlantic States, including New York, has not been fully explained. While some were attributed to AIDS, others were disproportionately attributed to tuberculosis, influence, pneumonia, and pelvic inflammatory disease. It is now known that deaths all these conditions are more common in people with AIDS.”