AIDS TREATMENT NEWS No. 065 - September 23, 1988
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation has received special funding
to serve women with AIDS and ARC, and their partners and
children. This program, possibly the first of its kind in the
nation, is already serving 80 women.
Women with AIDS have faced unique, severe problems. For
example, only five of the 80 clients in this program are now on
AZT, and only five are on aerosol pentamidine. Only two of the
80 are now using an experimental treatment, such as dextran
sulfate or AL 721.
Seventy of the 80 are low income; food and rent bills must
compete with treatment costs. Many women are uninsured or
underinsured. Women are often excluded from trials of
experimental drugs. Long waits in public clinics are often
impractical for women with young children and no childcare.
Women with AIDS seldom have the community support and
institutions available to gay men. Because of these and other
obstacles, women with HIV-related symptoms are often late to
The new program runs ongoing discussion groups for sharing
treatment and other resource information. With the help of
Catholic Social Services and the Shanti Project, it hopes to
open two houses for women with AIDS or ARC.
For more information about this program, call Catherine Maier,
its director, at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation,