130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. C. R. No. 39  As Introduced
As Introduced

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
H. C. R. No. 39

Representative Antonio 

Cosponsors: Representatives Ramos, Fedor, Foley, Driehaus, O'Brien, Celeste, Szollosi, Reece, Boyd, Garland, Celebrezze, Hagan, R., Fende, Gerberry, Ashford, Stinziano, Letson, Yuko 

To recognize March 15, 2012, as "Women and HIV/AIDS Awareness Day."


       WHEREAS, HIV/AIDS is increasingly a women's epidemic, both in the United States and globally; and

       WHEREAS, An estimated twenty-five per cent of persons living with HIV in the United States are women and girls; and

       WHEREAS, Women comprise nearly one quarter (twenty-three per cent) of persons who are newly infected with HIV; and

       WHEREAS, Young women between the ages of thirteen and thirty-nine are at extremely high risk of HIV infection and are an increasing percentage of new HIV infections; and

       WHEREAS, Women are more likely to face barriers in accessing HIV prevention, treatment, and care because of limitations on their decision-making power, lack of control over financial resources, restricted mobility, and child care responsibilities; and

       WHEREAS, Racial and ethnic disparities are particularly pronounced among women living with HIV/AIDS, with African American and Latina women disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS; and

       WHEREAS, Women in the United States with HIV are less likely to receive combination therapy and have less access to treatment than men; and

       WHEREAS, The most common methods of HIV transmission for women are heterosexual contact and injection drug use; and

       WHEREAS, Women have a far greater risk of contracting HIV from men during sex than men do from women because of biological determinants; and

       WHEREAS, Women are at higher risk of experiencing intimate partner violence, including rape, battering, and forced unprotected sex, which puts them at higher risk of becoming infected with HIV; and

       WHEREAS, Women whose partners rape or batter them often have limited access to legal remedies--even when laws exist that make battering a crime--because of fear or coercion; and

       WHEREAS, For many women, negotiating or demanding condom use is a virtual impossibility; and

       WHEREAS, Such factors as poverty and economic disparities between women and men increase women's vulnerability; and

       WHEREAS, Such factors as violence, inequality, racial and sexual biases, and discriminatory laws directly contribute to health disparities and an increased vulnerability to HIV for women; and

       WHEREAS, Most Americans feel there has not been enough action on HIV from a variety of groups and institutions including the United States Congress; state and local governments; the media; corporate, religious, and community leaders; and pharmaceutical companies; now therefore be it

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 129th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, recognize March 15, 2012, as "Women and HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" to encourage individuals, elected officials, and community-based organizations to take action to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the news media of Ohio.

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