Medical Injustice: Women

Women with AIDS often undiagnosed, activists say

Rebecca Pearl, a staff writer for The Atlanta Journal and Constitutions, wrote Women with AIDS often undiagnosed; activists say that stated women were able to get treatment but were still dying at a faster rate. Studies had shown that women were sicker and dying faster than men. Women, adolescents and minorities were at high risk for AIDS in 1997 in the US. Women with AIDS are often misdiagnosed, deprived of medication denied disability and dying because the federal did not include the infections they had a deadly disease. In 1990 there were more than 154,000 AIDS cases, more than 15,000 of them were women. If a formal diagnosis isn’t given, then they are denied multiple benefits such as Social security benefits. Access to clinical drug tests, public health services which include free supplies of AZT. It was difficult to define AIDS for women because the early symptoms women get are different from those of men and are only shown from poor black heterosexuals, partners of drug addicts and addicts themselves. The CDC was very hesitant to make changes to the definition due to the lack of evidence and also because they were unsure if the symptom was a symptom of AIDS of if they just had a different disease (Pearl, 1).