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Malawi Girl Guides Association Courts Adolescents in HIV/AIDS Testing

Through the project called Accelerating children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment Initiative (ACT), Malawi Girl Guides Association (MAGGA) has taken a step further by lobbying adolescents aged (10-19) to go for HIV testing for them to know  their  status and get linked for treatment. With funding from the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US president’s Emergence Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Management Sciences...

To End HIV Epidemic, Listen to the Youth - Writes Rwanda's First Daughter

To end this unjust and daunting reality for adolescent girls and young women, the world must work faster and harder in the fight against HIV. Governments and development partners must meaningfully engage with us not only in the fight against HIV, but also in holistic aspects of development - education, economic opportunity, reproductive health. As empowered adolescent girls and young women, we will not only defeat HIV, but we will also lead...

Make HIV-AIDS plain to youth – Geingos

First Lady [of Namibia] Monica Geingos, who is a mother of a teenager and a young adult, says the only way to get HIV-AIDS awareness through to the youth is to speak to them in their language. “I am speaking from experience,” she told local and international participants at a debate on 'Building a stronger HIV prevention movement in sub-Saharan Africa' at Swakopmund last week.

Women Are Leading the Way in HIV Research

There is a saying in South Africa: Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo. You strike the women, you strike the rock. On International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate the strong women who have always been at the heart of fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For more than 35 years, women have modeled strength and resilience as researchers, nurses and physicians, caregivers, volunteers, advocates, social workers, and community leaders.

HIV Prevention in the Hands of Women

There are two main challenges that women face: the biological differences that make women more vulnerable to HIV infection; and the gender norms and inequality that are unfortunately still part of many societies around the world. Female sexuality is still something that is ignored or even denied in many countries. Acknowledging women as sexual beings is very difficult for many male-dominated societies, especially when they also have strong...

Galz and Goals Expands to Northern Namibia

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) is taking its popular development programme, Galz & Goals to the Oshana and Zambezi regions this month. This will be done through their Football and Healthy Lifestyle Festivals. Galz & Goals combines football with life skills, HIV/AIDS and health education to create a platform through which adolescent girls can gain skills and knowledge by active participation and learn to make healthy choices.

Five Things to Know About Women Living with HIV

International AIDS Society (IAS) Member Viewpoint: Over the past quarter century since my HIV diagnosis, I have had the good fortune to meet hundreds of extraordinary women who also have this bug in their bodies. As one of the estimated17.8 million women living with HIV worldwide, I want to raise our voices this International Women’s Day and share the six simple things you should know about being a woman living with HIV. It is so important that...

HIV Clinical Trials Must Enroll More Women

"People who are designing the studies, who are funding the studies, need to make [enrolling women] a priority." In an interview on behalf of IFARA at CROI 2017, Andy Kaytes spoke with Rena Patel, M.D., and Monica Gandhi, M.D., about HIV in women. Studies have shown that women taking certain forms of hormonal contraceptives have a higher risk of acquiring HIV than those who do not use such pregnancy prevention.  

WHO Updates Guidance on Hormonal Contraception and HIV

The World Health Organization issued an updated guidance statement on its recommendations for the use of hormonal contraception by women at high risk of HIV. The update changes the WHO classification of long-acting injectable contraceptives like DMPA (also known as Depo) and NET-EN. WHO states "there continues to be evidence of a possible increased risk of HIV among progestogen-only injectable users." Based on this possibility and women's right...

Rural Ugandan Women Living with HIV Break Stigma and Build Businesses

Married for 17 years, Longok had no idea she was HIV positive until she heard rumors suggesting her husband was living with HIV and got herself tested. “I was so shocked because in my heart I knew that I have never cheated on my husband and he had found me a virgin when he married me at the age of 16,” says Mwatum Kitui Longok, a mother of six, from Moroto, a remote district located in Karamoja, north-eastern Uganda. At the age of 33 Longok’s...

Empowering Women With HIV: An Interview With Activist Naina Khanna

Naina Khanna is the executive director of Positive Women's Network - USA (PWN-USA), a national organization that advocates for local, state, and federal policies and programs for women living with HIV. She was diagnosed with HIV in 2002 and has been working in the field since 2005. Roughly 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the United States are women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and African American and Latina...

2 Ugandan Young Women Get Infected With HIV Every hour

The HIV situation in Uganda calls for renewed and urgent action. This is after a new study revealed that every single hour, 2 young women get infected with HIV in Uganda which puts the prevalence of HIV among adolescent girls at 9.1% compared to the national prevalence of 7.3%. This was highlighted at the end of a UNAIDS Global Review Mission to Uganda which held multi stakeholder consultations in Uganda.

Rape drives HIV and depression

Sexual violence plays a significant role in HIV infection and depression, according to ground-breaking research with women living in Rustenburg. The research, conducted by humanitarian organisation Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF), involved a sample of 800 women. “Opportunities are missed each day to prevent HIV infection, psychological trauma, and unwanted pregnancy for victims of sexual violence in on the platinum mining belt, because there are...

HIV Prevalence Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women a Global Concern

More than a 100 delegates from 12 eastern and southern Africa met in Windhoek from 1-3 February to discuss approaches and strategies on how best to reach adolescent girls and young women with HIV prevention in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights. The gathering came hot on the heels of a disturbing report that indicated that in 2014, nearly half of all adolescents living with HIV globally were living in six countries, five...

South Africa: Sexual Violence in Platinum Mining Belt a Major Driver of HIV

New analysis of data detailing the extent of sexual violence in the Rustenburg area, South Africa, indicates that one in five HIV infections (approximately 6,765 of all female cases) and one in three cases of depression among women (5,022 cases) are attributable to rape and intimate-partner violence (IPV), while one in three women inducing abortion (1,296 cases) was pregnant as a result of sexual violence.

East Africa: Region Gets U.S.$18 Million Funding to Fight HIV

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are among 13 African countries that will receive $55 million from the Global Fund to fight HIV/Aids, among adolescent girls and young women. Tanzania will get $8 million while Kenya and Uganda will receive $5 million each, leaving the rest to the other countries, namely Botswana, Cameroon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Lesotho Uses Mobile Tech to Help HIV-Positive Women Access Treatment

A new project in Lesotho combines a mobile healthcare app, a mobile payment service and a fleet of traveling clinics to help HIV-positive women in remote areas get lifesaving medication and support. Less than a year after the launch of a project that uses mobile phone apps to help give HIV-positive women and children in two Lesotho districts better access to treatment, the initiative has proved so successful that it’s due to expand across the...

Malawi: Vaginal Ring Dapivirine Gets Positive Feedback

A new HIV prevention measure, Dapivirine Ring, which has up to seventy-one per cent ability to protect users from contracting the virus has proved to be super-effective, according to preliminary research results by University of North Carolina (UNC) and John Hopkins. Speaking during a training workshop organized by journalists association against Aids (Journaids) at Bridge View Hotel in Lilongwe, UNC project study coordinator, Tchangani Tembo,...

500 Girls are Infected With HIV Every Week, is Anyone in Uganda Paying Attention?

Opinion Piece: Chances are very high that by this time next year if you are still alive, 26,000 girls will be living with HIV if we are to go by a report released by the Uganda Aids Commission a few days back. If this trend continues, by 2029, chances are high that your daughter or grand daughter may be among those living with HIV. On the other hand, your son, grandson or even your husband might be on the flip side of this horrific statistic.

How Thailand eliminated mother-to-child HIV transmission

Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, thanks to a pragmatic multi-sector response backed by strong political commitment and heavy government investment, a new study reports. Such an early, concerted response allowed the country to successfully address the four prongs of the recommended World Health Organization (WHO) elimination strategy. As a result, MTCT rates were reduced from 20-40% in...