ViiV Healthcare is on a mission to reframe HIV prevention for black women amid the disproportionately high rate of people being diagnosed compared to other races, according to the CDC.
ViiV Healthcare, which is an independent global HIV company, has made it its mission to tackle this issue by creating a report titled Risk for the reasons in 2021.
According to a release, the report underscores the need for new, strategic ways to effectively engage black women about their reasons for preventing HIV and who exactly can lead those conversations.
The company has partnered with black women’s advocates and experts to create a new committee called the Black Women’s Working Group (BWWG).
The committee is made up of Black women living with HIV or working with HIV to challenge existing prevention approaches and develop new recommendations for communicating and connecting with Black women about HIV.
It also helped shape ViiV Healthcare’s Risk to Reasons initiative, which aims to create networking spaces for information to flow about HIV treatment and solutions.
ViiV Healthcare is also committed $5 million in funding through their Risk to Reasons Community Grant to support initiatives focused on raising awareness of the importance of HIV prevention and care for Black women.
The program says its goal over the next three years is to reach more than one million people with reasons to prevent HIV through its 17 winners.
More than 3,500 providers should be better placed to provide care for black women.
According to a recent study, approximately 61% of new HIV diagnoses are among women.
The study goes on to say that drugs taken such as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), by people who do not have HIV to significantly reduce the risk if exposed, were low among American women, especially women of color. .