In honor of today, National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, myself and 95 other female bloggers are Rocking the Red Pump to raise awareness and to represent the strength and courage of women fighting HIV/AIDS or affected by the disease both directly and indirectly. Karyn and I came up with this initiative and never thought it would receive such great feedback, but we are pleasantly surprised at how people have embraced it.
HIV/AIDS & Women in the United States
*There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. & almost 280,000 are women
*Among those who are HIV positive, 35% of women were tested for HIV late in their illness (diagnosed with AIDS within one year of testing positive)
*HIV is the 5th leading cause of death in women in the United States, ages 25-44
*High-risk heterosexual contact is the source of 80% of these newly diagnosed infections in women
HIV/AIDS & Minority Women
HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States. According to the 2005 census, Black and Latina women represent 24% of all US women combined, but account for 82% of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for women in 2005.
*the leading cause of death for black women (including African American women) aged 25–34 years.
*The rate of AIDS diagnosis for black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women
*In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%
These statistics were pulled from The Center for Disease Control’s website and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Fact Sheets (which cited the CDC). Get more information about the effect of the epidemic from these sites.
We definitely would like to thank those bloggers who are Rocking the Red Pump:
A Blog of a Good Time | A Day in the Life | A Fly Girl’s World | A Room Of My Own | Adventures in Divorce | Aesthetic Design Style | Afrobella | Aliya S. King | AroundHarlem.com | ArtiatesiaDeal | Awesomely Luvvie | Because I Said SO! | Belle Noir Magazine::Big. Beautiful. You. | Best Professional Designer Fashion Jewelry | BK Diva Chronicles | Black Woman Lost & Found | blackgivesback | Blaq.Vixen.Beauty | Brownngirl | Canto de Sirena | Chronicles of a Lost WomanChild | Circa 1982 | Clumps of Mascara | Coming of Age | Cubicle Crusaders | Cutie Booty Cakes | DiverCity, USA | Electronic Village | Eternal Sunshine | Faux Goody Two Shoes | Free Therapy… or else | FROM MY BROWN EYED VIEW | [fung'ke] [blak] [chik] | GirlGrowingGraciously | GOODENess!!! | Healthbolt | Hey, You Asked! | House of IG | I’ll Think Of a Title Later | Inverted Reflection | Joan of All Trades | Love Becomes Her | Love Notes From A Runner | LUXE TIPS! | Make Blog Not War | Mattanda Creations | Mel, A Dramatic Mommy | Mopwater PR + Media Notes | Mrs Windy City | MUSEACDonline | My Life – A Work In Progress | MyBrownBaby | Naked and Natural | NoLa Divine: The Feel Good Inktress | NSOROMA TUNTUM SHININ’ | Positively Adopted | Princess Dominique – Fashion.Celebrity. Style | random and pressing details | rants of a wild child | Reign of the Girl-Child
* RoboCop’s ProdigaL RevoluTion | rsvp event planning and management | Searching for Satisfaction | See, What Had Happened Was… | Shoe Smitten | Shoes & Booze | Still Water Runs Deep | Stripped | Stylescrybe Says… | Super Hussy Media | Tea and Such | The ChatterBox Reviews | The CurvyGurl Chronicles | The Fabulous Giver | The Goodie Bag | The Holly Golightly Tales | The Life & Times of Robin Monique | The Mis-Education of Bessie Winn…. | The Sassy Peach | The Soul of A Queen | This Fabulous Life | Verb Fashion | What Would Thembi Do? | Women Making Moves | Urbane Girl |
For more information on National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Day, and to find out events going on in your area, go to http://www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD/events/.
If you’re in Chicago, come to The Red Pump Happy Hour at Plush Restaurant & Lounge (1104 W. Madison from 6:30 – 8:30 to network, socialize, and raise funds & awareness about the effect of AIDS on women and girls. Proceeds are going to the Chicago Women AIDS Project.
In Kansas City, GlamStarr is hosting a Red Pump Happy Hour at The Bulldog (1715 Main St.) from 5:30 – 8pm.
Come join us at these Happy Hours and visit the official Red Pump Project Page for more information!
P.S. Ain’t the Red Pump fabulous! I would SO rock it if it could be manufactured! I thoroughly enjoyed designing it. Channeling my inner Louboutin! *coughs* If they are looking for an apprentice at the Louboutin factory, I’m ya girl!
P.P.S. *If you are wearing red pumps in honor of today, you can upload your pics to our Flickr group!
Here’s MY Red Pump