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CDC officials concede that they have focused their limited outreach resources on the populations with the greatest need, which continues primarily to be men who have sex with men. In the meantime, stories like Davis’ are repeating themselves nationwide, in women like Daphne Robinson.
Across the country, African-American women, like Davis, make up 60 percent of all new HIV/AIDS cases among women and most were infected through heterosexual contact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As education and awareness campaigns remain focused on people age 18 to 34, women in their 40s and beyond are not always getting the messages they need to hear about safer sex and regular testing.
December was AIDS Awareness Month, a time to remind the country that, despite advancements in treatment, the threat of developing HIV/AIDS is still very real.
One area where the experts say there needs to be more awareness is among heterosexual women age 50 and older.
(MORE: Deeper Dating: A New Approach to Finding Love) HIV/AIDS prevention experts say that more effective education and awareness for older women is essential, as is a bolstered safety net to support women who have to figure out what to do after their cases are diagnosed.
California mother and grandmother Nell Davis, 64, doesn’t fit any of the past profiles of those at high risk.But she has become one of the new faces of the disease and was recently featured in the PBS documentary Endgame.