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AIDS Saskatoon Offers Retreat for Women living with HIV

A new initiative in Saskatoon, Canada is working to help women living with HIV build a sense of community. The program involves a five-day retreat using art-based therapy methods.

Government Vows to Protect Women and Girls in the Country

Malawi's government says it will work with all tribes in the country in making sure that all women and girls are free from practices that expose them to the risk of contracting HIV and AIDS. During a Ngoni cultural event, Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare Clement Mkumbwa said the time has come for all tribes to start respecting and valuing girls and women in the country.

Cupcakes and Condoms event held at Savannah State University

The Red Pump organization's events target women and girls to spread awareness about the impact of HIV and educate them to get tested. According to Red Pump, women make up 25% of the population living with HIV in the United States and less than half of them have the virus under control. 

Empowering Women and Girls to Shrink the Global HIV Epidemic

In many areas of the world, women suffer from vulnerabilities that increase their risk of contracting HIV. Gender disparities contribute to harmful patterns that suppress female agency including societal expectations for women to be submissive, relationships between young women and older men, oppressive sexual relationships and gender-based violence.

Why Is HIV More Common in African American Women?

Among women living with HIV in the United States, 78% are African American and Latina women. A recent CDC study found that non-Hispanic black women have the highest risk of concurrent sex partnerships and sex with perceived non-monogamous sex partners, often fueled by social and contextual factors, putting them at higher risk of HIV infection.

Domestic Violence Twice as Likely to Start for Pregnant Women After HIV Diagnosis

Research in KwaZuluNatal, South Africa found that among pregnant women with no previous history of intimate partner violence, those who were diagnosed with HIV were twice as likely to suffer from intimate partner violence compared to those not diagnosed with HIV.

Rest in Peace and in Power: Remembering HIV Activism Pioneer Prudence Mabele

Prudence Mabele, a guiding activist for people living with HIV, passed away on 10 July 2017. She was one of the first black women in South Africa to publicly disclose her HIV status to break the silence and stigma around HIV and encourage other women living with HIV to live without shame, seek treatment and lead happy and fulfilled lives.

Improving the Sexual and Reproductive Health of People living with HIV

Professor Angela Kaida, from Simon Fraser University in Canada, focuses on shaping health policies and programmes to support HIV-affected women. She currently conducts research with the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS), examining the impact of women-centered HIV care on the sexual and reproductive health of women living with HIV.

Pakistan Plans Doorstep HIV Care for Female Patients

In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where women face social and physical restrictions to accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART), the Ministry of Health is looking to provide at-home treatment for women living with HIV. Factors restricting their treatment include distance to the clinic, ages of their children and lack of support from male family members.

Prince Harry Unites Global HIV/AIDS Leaders During Visit to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Global HIV leaders have committed to ensuring young people affected by HIV/AIDS play an integral part in shaping new research and policies to strengthen HIV prevention, testing and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. The agreement was made during a special roundtable organised by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the charity Sentebale and its Co-Founding Patron Prince Harry.

Why are Women Lost from HIV Care During Pregnancy? Malawi Study Shows Social Support and Counselling are Critical

A qualitative study of 39 Malawian women who had started antiretroviral treatment during pregnancy or breastfeeding found that 25 of them had dropped out of treatment. Lack of social support after diagnosis and inadequate counselling about HIV treatment and disclosure were identified as key reasons for dropping out of treatment after starting.

'Mahe Declaration' Commits Southern African States to Reduce HIV Among Girls and Women

The Mahe Declaration commits to addressing root causes of HIV among women and young girls by reducing poverty and ensuring access to quality health services and information. It also highlights the importance of strengthening legislation and policies on human rights and gender, including for young people and those living with HIV.

Call to Promote Sexuality Education Among Adolescents

A workshop conducted in Kathmandu, Nepal with development agencies, government and civil society focused on the importance of comprehensive sexuality education in schools to provide students with information about gender roles, reproductive health, HIV, adolescent pregnancy and gender equality.

Women Constitute More than Half of People living with HIV in Kenya

To address the impact of HIV on women and girls the government requires better programming, integrating sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV services and a gender equality and human-rights based approach.

Musicians Promote Women's Sexual Heath and Responsibility

Musicians Raheem DeVaugn and Goapele joined forces with AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Chicago-based South Side Help Center (SSHC) to present "RISE Above," an awareness program and HIV campaign to end stigma around HIV, educate and empower women and girls.

Chief Medical Officer of Barbados Wants More Done to Promote Sexual Health

At the first Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference of the Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA), Dr. St John stressed the importance of improving sexual and reproductive health and rights to address the countries' high sexually transmitted infection rates, prevent and treat HIV and promote gender equality and opportunities for young people.

Make Girls' Access to Education a Reality

Sexual and reproductive health are often not included in national school curricula. In some African countries with HIV awareness or life skills programs, teachers are frequently unwilling to teach these subjects due to constraints on teaching time and resources or because of the sexual and reproductive health content.

Malawi Launches HIV Project of Preventing-Mother-to-Child-Transmission

The project works in communities of Dowa district to raise awareness on preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) using a community-based approach.

Youth Empowerment the Focus at AIDS Conference

South Africa's AIDS Conference focused on empowering youth, particularly adolescent girls and young women. Hilary Thulare, from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, shared that one of the top issues identified by youth is the lack of health resources and counselling with non-judgmental staff.

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.