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New HIV Infections Worry Stakeholders

In Uganda, The International Community of Women Living with HIV in Eastern Africa (ICWEA) and its partners are training young women in practical skills towards economic empowerment and preventing HIV infections.


85% Raj Rural Women Don't Know About HIV/AIDS

According to India's National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2016, only 14.7% of women in rural Rajasthan, India have a comprehensive knowledge of HIV and AIDS.


World Renowned Professors Visit Chatsworth Hospice

Prof. Quarraisha Abdool Karim explained that reducing HIV in young women is the only answer to downtrend the epidemic and interventions that address gender, power and the value of women must be given priority.


Young Women Can Now Protect Themselves Against HIV

Caprisa's director, Dr. Salim Abdool Karim, says now women can protect themselves against HIV by using a drug called Truvada.


Member of Parliaments Champion SRHR, HIV and AIDS

The Zambezi Region of Namibia faces multiple developmental challenges, hampering efforts to improve sexual reproductive health rights and HIV and AIDS services.


Caribbean Politicians Must Do More to Tackle HIV and AIDS

Delroy Chuck, Jamaica's Minister of Justice, stated that treating HIV and AIDS as solely a health issue is the biggest mistake. According to the Minister, HIV and AIDS cannot be addressed without confronting institutionalised discrimination of women, gender-based violence, poverty, social exclusion and inequality.


Women Need More Help Fighting AIDS

Many countries have increased treatment of HIV-infected pregnant women to lower their chances of infecting their babies, but most countries do not automatically continue treatment for those women after delivery - important for keeping them healthy long-term.


Rude Nurses Putting Young Women off HIV Treatment

A survey conducted in South Africa among 650 young women (ages 16-24) found that 1 in 20 women not receiving HIV treatment reported uncaring, judgmental health staff as the primary barrier to care. The report states that the number of mentions of rude‚ untrustworthy and unsupportive care from nurses is notable and worrying. 


DREAMS Initiative Benefits 6,000 Girls

Adolescent girls and young women in Zimbabwe have benefited from the DREAMS initiative, with 30% of young women in project sites retained in employment and improved family planning uptake.


Cash Transfers to Benefit Adolescents and Young Women in Turkana in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) through funding from the Global Fund and support from the Kenyan government has launched a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) project in Turkana County that aims to address HIV risk amongst the adolescents and young women aged between 15-24 years.


315 Vulnerable Women Get Mentorship Life Skills

315 women and girls were happy graduates on May 26 as they completed a mentorship and skills course managed by a three-year project of Plan International Uganda and Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL). So far, 900 women and girls have benefited from vocational skills training and HIV testing and counseling.


PhD Research Demonstrates Negative Impacts of HIV Non-disclosure

Canada has one of the world’s strictest legal standards when it comes to criminalizing HIV non-disclosure, resulting in a high prosecution rate for people living with HIV. PhD research from Sophie Patterson, a physician, finds that women living with HIV are more likely to face a legal obligation to disclose their HIV status compared to men.


Women's Bacteria Thwarted Attempt at Anti-HIV Vaginal Gel

A new study published Thursday examined what stalled an early attempt at an anti-HIV gel, and found certain types of vaginal bacteria broke down the protective medication before it had time to work. 


UNGA Urges Major Push to End AIDS Epidemic, Achieve 2030 Agenda

Women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected by the AIDS epidemic, particularly in Africa, and financing for a global response is not sufficient. 


WHO - Girls Account for Nearly 80 percent of new HIV infections in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says girls account for nearly 80 per cent of new HIV infections in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Felicitas Zawaira, the Director, Family and Reproductive Health Cluster, WHO Regional Office for Africa, said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday. Zawaira said most recent data from the organisation showed that only 13 per cent of these adolescent girls, and nine per cent of adolescent boys had been tested for...


HIV-positive Woman Shares her Story to Raise Awareness

Amanda Soto's life was turned upside down in 2012 when she learned she was HIV-positive. Feeling lost, Soto was referred to Newly Empowered Women, a facility that helped her move on with her life. "I'm very proud of her. I'm proud of the fact that this program was able to make a difference in her life," Michelle Durham, executive director of BEAT AIDS, a nonprofit organization, said.


Intergeneration Sex Contributes to New HIV Infections Among Young Women in Zimbabwe

Age-disparate sexual relationships are associated with new HIV infections among young women in Zimbabwe, particularly for young women with partners ten years older or more. The findings come from a 15-year study by Imperial College London, Zimbabwe’s Biomedical Research and Training Institute and the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care, and is the first large scale study to track the association between intergenerational relationships and...


Community Health Workers are Key, but Remain Unpaid

Community health workers (CHWs) are members of a local community who are chosen to provide basic healthcare and to promote healthy practices and illness prevention. However, despite the crucial service they provide in rural communities with limited access to healthcare or in places where reliance on traditional healers and birth attendants is the norm, community health workers remain unpaid for their service. Community health workers are seen as...


University of Johannesburg Honour for HIV/AIDS Academic, Quarraisha Abdool Karim

Leading HIV/AIDS researcher Quarraisha Abdool Karim has been honoured with an honorary doctoral degree by the University of Johannesburg in recognition of her contribution towards improving the quality of life of women in Africa. With extensive research contributions that spans over 25 years‚ Professor Abdool Karim’s commitment to create a deeper understanding on the growing HIV epidemic in South Africa and the factors influencing acquisition of...


Wives of Migrant Workers at Higher Risk of HIV in Nepal

A recent study published in SAARC Journal of Tuberculosis, Lung Diseases & HIV/AIDS shows that wives of migrant workers in Nepal are at a higher risk of HIV, not because they are not aware of it but because they are scared to ask their husbands about their potentially risky sexual behaviour while abroad. "Two-thirds of the research participants had generally good knowledge of HIV and its mode of transmission, but half of them could not ask their...