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Civil Society Condemns Criminalising of HIV

Civil society organisations working on HIV and human rights in Africa recently condemned the enactment of repressive laws which often include provisions that criminalise HIV transmission, non-disclosure and exposure. In many contexts, these laws have a disproportionately punitive effect on women.


National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2017

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network will launch Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week the first week of December. During this week, they will raise awareness on HIV prevention and key affected populations in Canada, including indigenous women and young people living with HIV.


Risk of HIV Infection is higher in Women with Violent Partners

In Papa New Guinea, the risk of acquiring HIV is up to 7 times higher in women with violent or controlling intimate partners. Gender-based violence affects the ability of women and girls to protect themselves from HIV infection, prevent unintended pregnancies or access HIV prevention services.


The Impact of HIV/AIDS on African American Women and Families

A conference at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia takes a women-centred approach towards HIV and reproductive health, specifically addressing the stagnant rates of HIV infection in African American women.


Young Women Are Left Out Of HIV/AIDS Victories

Recent data shows that young women, ages 15-24 years are twice as likely to become infected with HIV than men of the same age. Women continue to be left behind in the progress against HIV. Investing in prevention technologies designed for women and girls would prioritize their needs and address many inequalities they face in the flight against HIV/AIDS.


POPCOM Introduces Short Films Made by Youth to Address Teen Pregnancy and HIV

The Philippines' Commission on Population (POPCOM) is reaching more young people in their campaign to address teenage pregnancy and HIV through short films to be shared with policy makers, civil society organizations, community members and schools.


Adolescent Girls' and Young Women's HIV Prevention Meeting

The Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is hosting a two-day HIV Prevention Programme for Young Adolescent Girls and Women. This meeting will allow young women and girls to spotlight issues that contribute to HIV infections and teenage pregnancy in the province.


Better Treatment for Women Living with HIV in West and Central Africa

A meeting with UNAIDS and women living with HIV in Abuja, Nigeria addressed the need to have coordinated and concerted efforts to scale up interventions for women living with HIV in the sub-region.


Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living With HIV 2017

On the Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV, the Positive Women's Network (USA) highlighted the intersections between economic security, health and violence against women living with HIV.


Positive Women's Network - USA Launches #PWNCares to Address the Biggest Challenges of Women Living with HIV

The Positive Women's Network - USA is using multimedia technology to support recently diagnosed or isolated women living with HIV as they seek answers through their new project, #PWNCares. In a series of short videos, women with HIV, including women of trans experience, will share their experiences, wisdom they have learned through years of living with the virus and encouragement for women who are struggling with their diagnosis.


Is Hopelessness Driving HIV in South Africa's Youth?

HIV is the leading cause of death among girls, aged 15-19, in South Africa with 2,300 girls infected every week. Adolescent girls and young women face a toxic brew of inequality, unemployment and aggressive hyper-masculinity that creates massive levels of violence against women and increases their vulnerability to HIV infection.


International Acclaim for Medical Experts

Leading HIV and AIDS researchers, Professors Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim, have been named the recipients of the esteemed Institute for Human Virology (IHV) Lifetime Achievement Award. They are renowned for their scientific contributions in HIV prevention and treatment, focused on trying to prevent HIV in women in Africa.


High Percentage of Women Diagnosed with HIV are not in Care

A recent CDC study found that 62% of of women in the United States being administered CDC-funded HIV tests had previously received an HIV diagnosis but 87% were still not in medical care. The authors noted the importance of early linkage to HIV medical care among women living with HIV not in care, regardless of their known HIV status at the time of testing.


International Day of the Girl Child: empowering girls before, during and after crises

This year, the International Day of the Girl Child focuses on empowering girls before, during and after crises. This includes addressing the increased vulnerability to HIV girls face due to child marriage and gender-based violence in war and conflict settings.


Securing Land Rights in Africa

Studies show that strengthening land rights, especially for women, is critical to achieving development goals. In Zambia, in areas where women's land rights are weak and HIV infection rates are high, women are less likely to make investments to improve harvests as they anticipate they will be forced off their land if and when they are widowed.


Why Women living with HIV Get Late Cervical Cancer

A research study conducted in Uganda found that despite being on regular treatment and care, women living with HIV are usually diagnosed with cervical cancer at a much later stage. Often times, this is due to the lack of screening guidelines, equipment and trained personnel to screen for cervical cancer at HIV clinics.


Depression among Women Living with HIV Underdiagnosed

A study in northern Karnataka, India aimed to assess the prevalence of depression among women living with HIV in order to inform programmes for prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. It found that 34.5% of study participants were found to have clinical depression. Additionally, depression was statistically significant among women living with HIV in rural areas.


UNAIDS and UNFPA Launch Road Map to Stop New HIV Infections

UNAIDS, UNFPA and partners have launched a new prevention roadmap to reduce new HIV infections by 2020 . During the first meeting of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition, Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA's Executive Director, noted that the lack of access to education, agency or autonomy over their own bodies keeps adolescent girls form claiming their human rights and increases their vulnerability to HIV infection, sexually transmitted infections and...


Realizing a Healthy Future for All Women

On World Contraception Day, the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) shared their latest research on products to protect women from HIV and unintended pregnancy to address their overlapping sexual and reproductive health needs.


Gender Stereotypes Affect Girls' Risk of HIV

A 15-country study found that gender stereotypes put girls at greater risk of physical and sexual violence, child marriage, early pregnancy and HIV.