Conyers, L. M. & Datti, P. (in press). Unmet vocational development needs of women with HIV/AIDS. Work

This article discusses the growing population of women with HIV/AIDS as an emergent disability group with unique needs for vocational rehabilitation services. Data from the National Working Positive Coalition Employment Needs Survey for people living with HIV/AIDS was used to describe the demographic, economic, health, and employment characteristics of a sample of 122 female respondents. Findings make several contributions to understanding this emerging population and their vocational development needs including limited knowledge of employment resources, incentives and barriers to employment, and unmet needs for vocational rehabilitation services. Implications for vocational rehabilitation professionals and future research are discussed.


Mulenga, M., & Conyers, L. M. (2003). A rehabilitation perspective on HIV disease and AIDS among minority women. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 34(3), 33-40.

Women with HIV/AIDS have specific needs that require specialized approaches to address the effects of this disease on them. Minority women with HIV/AIDS, however, have to deal with the triple burden of race, class, and gender in addition to HIV/AIDS. The paper examines two groups of minority women, African American and Hispanic women, and discusses factors that place these women at high risk for HIV/AIDS. The interaction of race, class, and gender, and how it relates to the prevalence of high rates of HIV/AIDS in minority women is explored. Medical, economic and vocational issues of minority women living with this disease are discussed, and suggestions for rehabilitation management of these women are made.