HIV, IPV and Asian American Pacific Islander Women & Girls

Webpage Revised: July 2016

Quick Facts

  • 86% of API women living with HIV got it through unprotected sex with a male partner.
W. Adih, M. Campsmith, C. Williams, F. Hardnett, D. Hughes, Epidemiology of HIV among Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, 2001-2008. Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, April 20, 2011.
  • API women were found to have the lowest proportion (17%) of HIV testing compared to women of other races/ethnicities. Of API women who believe they are at risk, only 5% have gone for testing.
H. Hahm, I. Song, A. Ozonoff and J. Sassani, “HIV Testing Among Sexually Experienced Asian and Pacific Islander Young Women: Association With Routine Gynecological Care.” Women’s Health Issues, 2009, 19: 279-288.

HIV, IPV and AAPI Women & Girls

Fact Sheet, Spring 2016

HIV and Intimate Partner Violence among Asian American and Pacific Islander Women raises awareness about the nexus of HIV and IPV, analyzes factors contributing to elevated risk for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls, and contextualizes cultural barriers. It offers recommendations to increase coordination between HIV and domestic violence service agencies for Asians and Pacific Islanders, and the need for trauma-informed, gender-sensitive interventions to mitigate the sociocultural and gendered harms abused women and girls in our communities face.

Webinar: Overlooked and on the Margins: HIV and Intimate Partner Violence among Asian American and Pacific Islander Women, (2015)

This webinar surveys the landscape of what puts women and girls at risk – including biological, socioeconomic and cultural considerations; and offers recommendations to connect AAPI women to safety, testing, treatment and care.