A study carried out in collaboration with the National Plan on AIDS, which has analyzed the data of 748 women admitted to 23 Spanish hospitals, has concluded that, at present, the profile of women with AIDS in our country it has varied and is consistent with that of a heterosexual woman whose age is around 40 years (the average is 38.31 years), who has already been a mother, and who was diagnosed late.
The investigation, which will be presented next week in the III GeSIDA National Congress, in Seville, has included women of different nationalities and races, since, in Spain, more than half of the female patients who are detected HIV are immigrants.
Although new HIV infections diagnosed worldwide are common in men who have sex with men, the number of infected women is increasing alarmingly, which now accounts for 52 percent of new cases.
The AIDS Study Group (GeSIDA) warns that women who belong to the population sectors with fewer resources are especially vulnerable to HIV
The AIDS Study Group (GeSIDA) warns that women belonging to sectors of the population with fewer resources are especially vulnerable to HIV, an infection that, in these cases, has its origin, mainly, in heterosexual transmission (79 % of total new infections in women). Therefore, from GeSIDA they raise the need to establish a differentiated care for patients, and understand that it is necessary to include the female population in the new clinical trials.
The profile extracted from the new study, which included women who had been diagnosed between 2006 and 2010, also proved that thanks to the tests performed on women during their pregnancy, the number of mothers of babies with HIV 44.2% of the patients analyzed were white, 21.93% were black, and 9.76% were of Latin American origin.
According to the data offered by the Secretariat of the National Plan on AIDS, under the Ministry of Health, in Spain the disease has been diagnosed to 79,363 people since the beginning of the epidemic worldwide.