On World AIDS Day, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria put a spotlight on young, South African women growing up at the epicenter of the HIV epidemic.
The HIV risk of women isn't explained through biology alone. The spread of HIV reflects the vulnerabilities and inequalities of what it means to live as a woman today.
When it comes to women, gender inequality and unbalanced power relations are the real drivers of HIV transmission, requiring us to look at HIV among women from a social rather than a purely health-based lens.
The Secretary-General urges the scaling up of testing for HIV; enabling more people to access treatment; increasing resources needed to prevent new infections; and to end HIV-related stigma.
The International Partnership for Microbicides focuses on closing the prevention gap for women and urges governments, donors, implementers, researchers and civil society to make it happen.