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Asians, Pacific Islanders & HIV: Building Leadership

I recently went to a conference in DC about women advocating for HIV services, prevention programs, and awareness campaigns for their communities. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, of the 40+ women that attended the conference there was only one Asian woman ­­– me—and one Pacific Islander. This is shocking to me as I’ve recently learned that Asian & Pacific Islander men and women (across all sexual orientations) have the highest percentage increase in new HIV infections—higher than any racial or ethnic group in the country.