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Number one killer of women in the world? AIDS

6:53 pm - 11/09/2009
WHO: AIDS leading cause of death, disease in women (November 09, 2009 - Y! - AP - By BRADLEY S. KLAPPER)

GENEVA – In its first study of women's health around the globe, the World Health Organization said Monday that the AIDS virus is the leading cause of death and disease among women between the ages of 15 and 44.

Unsafe sex is the leading risk factor in developing countries for these women of childbearing age, with others including lack of access to contraceptives and iron deficiency, the WHO said. Throughout the world, one in five deaths among women in this age group is linked to unsafe sex, according to the U.N. agency.

"Women who do not know how to protect themselves from such infections, or who are unable to do so, face increased risks of death or illness," WHO said in a 91-page report. "So do those who cannot protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy or control their fertility because of lack of access to contraception."

The data were included in a report that attempts to highlight the unequal health treatment a female faces from childbirth through infancy and adolescence into maturity and old age.

WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan noted that women enjoy a biological advantage because they tend to live six to eight years longer than men. But in many parts of the world they suffer serious disadvantages because of poverty, poorer access to health care and cultural norms that put a priority on the well-being of men, she said.

Chan called it a "preventable tragedy" that nearly 15 percent of deaths in adult women occur in maternity, according to the statistics from 2004. She said the discrimination extends throughout a women's life, from girlhood diseases that aren't identified because they are not sicknesses affecting boys, to clinical trials and medicines developed on the basis of curing adult males.

"We will not see a significant improvement in the health of women until they are no longer recognized as second-class citizens in many parts of the world," Chan told journalists in Geneva.


Now Christian Fundies tell me that condoms and abortions are the source of all that is evil, again.
saribear 10th-Nov-2009 01:16 am (UTC)
in my hiv/aids & society class we learned that one of the biggest risk factors for women in much of the world is being married
that is super depressing
vodkabeforenoon HOW TO CURE AIDS10th-Nov-2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Stay a virgin till marriage.
squid_ink Re: HOW TO CURE AIDS10th-Nov-2009 01:25 am (UTC)
and remain a virgin after marriage

so basically.. never have sex or a blood transfusion

seriously.. WTF???
vitaminvi 10th-Nov-2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Chan called it a "preventable tragedy" that nearly 15 percent of deaths in adult women occur in maternity

Pregnancy is such a dangerous state, most people just write it off. Nearly half a million women die each year from maternal related causes and 1-2 million more left disabled.
I can't tell you the number of men/husbands I met who expected their wife to be up cleaning and cooking for them right after a c-section. Like really?

"We will not see a significant improvement in the health of women until they are no longer recognized as second-class citizens in many parts of the world,"

I wish more people realized this. Healthy women--> health pregnant women--> healthy babies--> healthy people.
violetrose 10th-Nov-2009 01:39 am (UTC)
I can't tell you the number of men/husbands I met who expected their wife to be up cleaning and cooking for them right after a c-section. Like really?

Wow. Yeah, maybe you shuld try having major abdominal surgery, and tell me how ready to get up and walk around you feel. And add that to the amount of men who probably expect se soon after birth, just ugh.
mylaptopisevil 10th-Nov-2009 01:21 am (UTC)
See? Women are terrible to provide insurance too!
akuma_river 10th-Nov-2009 01:30 am (UTC)
to*
teawithhoney 10th-Nov-2009 01:31 am (UTC)
i'm confused. i used to be heavily into microbiology but i never seriously studied HIV/AIDS. is it possible to die from having AIDS alone? wouldn't it be that it causes one to have a weakened immune system, which means that you're more likely to fall ill with other diseases and die from those? and, if i'm right... how does that make AIDS the leading cause of death? wouldn't it be that AIDS facilitates the ability of other pathogens to result in death? correct me if i'm wrong, someone...
squid_ink 10th-Nov-2009 01:32 am (UTC)
semantics.

If people didn't have AIDS they wouldn't succumb to conditions like pneumonia or secondary infections
volksjager 10th-Nov-2009 01:31 am (UTC)
So, one keeps seeing theories come and go as to why HIV is spread in Africa so much more than Europe and US. What are the latest ideas ???
cookie_nut 10th-Nov-2009 01:36 am (UTC)
I don't know about theories, but I remember reading that there was a popular misconception that if a male contracts AIDs, he can cure it by sleeping with a virgin. :|
dolcetta 11th-Nov-2009 03:37 am (UTC)
i heard its because alot of people reuse needles because its cheaper that way.. idk though.
suitablyemoname 10th-Nov-2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Would people please stop calling it "AIDs"? Please?

AIDS. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Four letters, all of them capitalized.

Thank you,
My Bugaboos.

Edited at 2009-11-10 02:09 am (UTC)
vitaminvi 10th-Nov-2009 02:13 am (UTC)
LOL, I did that. My bad, I wasn't paying attention. I don't think it's that big of a deal, we all know what we're talking about.
ididthatonce 10th-Nov-2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Question: Is it possible to transmit HIV through menstrual blood?

In conclusion, wrap that shit up.
vitaminvi 10th-Nov-2009 02:24 am (UTC)
yes, mentrual blood has...blood in it.
_live_each_day_ 10th-Nov-2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Also important to know that rape is used as a weapon in some African countries, and that can spread HIV very quickly. For example, during the Rwandan Genocide (which lasted approx. 100 days), 500,000 women were infected with HIV. 500,000. That is unfathomable.
mercystars 10th-Nov-2009 02:37 am (UTC)
Now Christian Fundies tell me that condoms and abortions are the source of all that is evil, again.

They'll still tell you that, because obviously if you get AIDS you're being punished by God for whatever reason.

windy_lea 10th-Nov-2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, and they'll probably just throw in that if women would just keep their legs shut, AIDS would magically go away--completely ignoring that married women have it.

Because, you know, only "loose" women and homosexuals get AIDS. Duh.
afa_mom 10th-Nov-2009 04:05 am (UTC)
what is the #1 killer of men
mercurychaos 10th-Nov-2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Heart disease.
jeppa 10th-Nov-2009 06:34 am (UTC)
y...yo...your...your mom?
lied_ohne_worte 10th-Nov-2009 11:35 am (UTC)
Death.
hourglasscreate 10th-Nov-2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Now Christian Fundies tell me that condoms and abortions are the source of all that is evil, again.

Oh, but obviously those women all deserve it.

/sarcasm
apocalypsos 10th-Nov-2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Hey, as we've clearly learned from the Pete Sessions post, it's our fault for choosing to have vaginas.
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