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Kelowna Grandmothers Making Strides for Africa

In Africa women and girls are the most vulnerable in regards to violence, lack of education, gender equality and health issues. The Kelowna Grandmothers For Africa work towards restoring hope, dignity and the chance to move forward with their dreams through community based programs. The need continues for more funding to be directed to grassroots initiatives that in turn will build resilience and economic independence.


What Women Want – Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued the first Consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV. The guidance is written for health care providers and aims to support them to provide effective care to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs and rights of women living with HIV. In addition to clinical recommendations, the guideline emphasises the importance of creating an enabling...


The Politics Of Sex For Women Living With HIV

"If I have sex, I could go to jail." This is the reality of life for women living with HIV in Canada. It's a story I heard a few weeks ago from an African woman who had recently immigrated to Vancouver and is now faced with the profoundly isolating experience of being a Black HIV-positive woman in Canadian society. This may come as a surprise to anyone unfamiliar with HIV in Canada: Women (and men) who are living with HIV are at risk of facing a...


Meet Horcelie, a 22 year old Woman with HIV who Won Miss Congo UK 2017

Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo was only 11 years old when she discovered that she was HIV positive. The 22-year-old Fine Arts student, who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo and lives in the UK, was born with HIV. And now, she is campaigning to end the stigma around HIV/AIDS.


Webinar With WHO on Hormonal Contraception and HIV

You're invited to join a webinar with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the newly released guidance on hormonal contraceptive eligibility for women at high risk of HIV. It is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 26 at 9 a.m. U.S.-East Coast, 3 p.m. South Africa, 4 p.m. Eastern Africa.


India to Ban Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS

India has passed a landmark bill which aims to ensure equal rights for those living with HIV/AIDS. The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, passed by the country's parliament on Tuesday, will make it illegal to discriminate against people living with and affected by HIV. It is the first of its kind in south Asia, and will make India the largest country in the world to ban this kind of discrimination.


Traditional Leaders Stand Up to Protect Youth from HIV, Unintended Pregnancy

“We have high youth unemployment and high teenage pregnancy,” Mr. Obed, a traditional leader in Shiselweni, Swaziland, told UNFPA. Yet many conservative, rural communities have resisted publicly discussing topics that would improve the health and rights of young people – including adolescent pregnancy, gender-based violence and sexually transmitted infections like HIV.


Norah Takes Sex Education to Schools

The Treatment Action Campaign’s Norah Mathe – now 25 years old and healthy – is on a mission to change the fact that although one in every 10 South Africans has HIV, only about a quarter of young people know how the virus is transmitted. These are the figures according the latest Human Sciences Research Council’s study on HIV prevalence. Read the full article online here .


PrEP Should be Given to All Breastfed Babies, Researchers Say

An international group of researchers involved in the ANRS 12174 randomised controlled trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for infants say that it is high time we started giving PrEP to all breastfed babies of HIV-positive mothers in countries where the likelihood of transmission via breastfeeding remains significant.


Village Health Workers Boost HIV Care

Reporter Bridget Mananavire talks to village health worker Mandy Mugari of Seke, Zimbabwe who plays an essential role in the primary health system to fight against HIV/AIDS. She explains her mission to expand access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care under very difficult conditions, and the potential to achieve sustainable epidemic control and end AIDS as a public health threat.


Join Athena Network's #WhatWomenWant Campaign on 6 April 2017!

On Thursday, 6 April 2017 Athena Network will be launching the #WhatWomenWant campaign to share and spread the word about what adolescent girls and young women want. This campaign will be used as a vehicle to amplify adolescent girls and young women's voices, connect with others, and build across and between issues, sectors, and movements. The campaign calls for sustained investments in women-led partnerships and feminist organizing to advance...


AIDS Secretariat (Antigua and Barbuda): Records Rise in HIV Infections Among Women

A counsellor at the local AIDS Secretariat [in Antigua and Barbuda] said that its records have shown a reverse trend in the transmission of the HIV virus, as the rate of infection among females has increased. Oswald Hannays said the discovery is worthy of note because, “where in the early [stages] you had perhaps five to six males for every female that were infected, we now have an almost even one to one ratio.” The secretariat reported that 55...


Woman from Kenya Helps Teens, Young Adults with HIV

Maurine Murenga is a wife and mother from Kenya who is changing the world for the better. Murenga has openly lived with HIV since 2002. Because of her experience with the disease, she wanted to help young women and adolescent girls in her country who also have the disease. The Lean on Me foundation that she created in 2008 now helps 7,290 women and teen girls in Kenya.


Minority within a Minority: Women Ageing with HIV

There are an estimated 101,000 people living with HIV in the UK, 31% of whom are women. Yet women living with HIV are frequently invisible, their specific needs, experiences and challenges unrecognised, and their voices unheard. The public narrative around HIV often centres on gay men, and women are left behind. This creates the experience of being a ‘minority within a minority’, a phrase I’ve heard frequently during my PhD research, exploring...


Certain HPV Strains Increase Cervical Cancer Risk in HIV-Infected Women, Study Shows

A new meta-analysis has identified several strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) that may warrant special attention for women infected with HIV. Immunodeficiency associated with HIV infection is believed to adversely affect the health of women who also have HPV. Not only are women with HIV believed to have an increased risk of acquiring an HPV infection, the risk of developing cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (also known as dysplasia, a...


Depo-Provera Linked to HIV Risk? Women Need to Know

A recent review of evidence on hormonal contraceptives and the risk of HIV acquisition motivated the World Health Organization to change its safety rating of progestogen-only injectables. It remains to be seen what that change will mean, if anything, for conversations between family planning providers and patients.


'Test and Treat' Study Shows Second Phase is Finding More People with HIV and Getting Them onto Treatment

After a second wave of intensive household testing, a large study of the 'test and treat' strategy in Zambia is diagnosing more people with HIV, getting more people onto treatment and reducing the time between diagnosis and starting treatment, findings from the PopART study presented last month at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) show.


African Women Face "Daunting" Challenges, Report Finds

African women have made significant progress including higher female participation in many legislatures than in Britain and the United States -- but women on the continent also face “daunting” challenges in high rates of sexual violence, maternal mortality and HIV infections, said a report released Tuesday. 


Bringing Prenatal Care to Pregnant Women Living in Isolated Areas

Ana Luisa Neves (final year PhD student) has won the 2nd prize in Imperial College’s flagship women entrepreneurship programme Althea-Imperial for her prototype finger prick test that brings prenatal care to pregnant women living in isolated areas. Ana’s team which included Andrea Rodriguez-Martinez (PhD student with CSM) pitched the idea for a single device to measure four health indicators for pregnant women, specifically designed to be used in...


Ghana — Addressing the Barrier of Stigma and Discrimination for Women

27 March 2017 Patience Eshun, a widowed grandmother from Ghana who lost her daughter last year to HIV, knows how destructive HIV-related discrimination can be. “My daughter refused to go hospital to receive medicines. My daughter died because of the fear of stigmatization and discrimination,” she said. Read the full article online here .