Vulnerability of women. By the end of 1993, a cumulative total of over 4,00,000 cases of AIDS will have occurred among women, or three times as many as had occurred by the end of the 1980's. Women are more at risk of getting infection. The low status of women within the family and society further heightens their vulnerability. Every woman must have access to information about HIV/AIDS to protect herself and her family. AIDS. Photo: UNICEF - ICO.