I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
~ Edward Everett Hale
Jamila K. Gaskins will take on the challenge of cycling 12,000 miles to the areas most affected with HIV/AIDS to raise awareness of HIV prevention and Women in America. Her transcontinental journey will be documented along the way. She is cycling through 25 states and 170 cities with stops to include Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, Newark, Baltimore/Washington DC, New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.
Click on the points to see Jamila's destinations.
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Women are 50% of the people 15 years old and older living with HIV. In 1995 women represented 8% of all new HIV infections in America. By 2005 that percentage had more than tripled to 27%. In America today, we have nearly 280,000 women living with HIV/AIDS. Among women diagnosed with AIDS in 2008, 77% of black/African American women, 75% of Hispanic/Latino women and 65% of white women became infected through heterosexual contact (Avert).
Many of the HIV+ women and girls are low-income, or living in poverty, primary care givers, victims of violence, deal with substance abuse, low self esteem and low self worth, lack the knowledge or ability to negotiate sexual activity and condom use, and lack access to health care for many reasons including economics and language and cultural barriers.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, given these trends and issues, efforts to stem the tide of the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic will increasingly depend on how and to what extent its effect on women and girls is addressed.
Project 1 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
Contributions in behalf of Project 1 may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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