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Eastern and Southern Africa Remain Highly Affected by HIV

Gender inequalities and gender-based violence, combined with physiological factors, and restrictive laws around access to sexual and reproductive health services place women and girls in the region at high risk of HIV infection.

Making an HIV-Free Future Possible for Girls

In KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa where girls are disproportionately affected by HIV, nurse Felicity Basson works with the DREAMS programme to provide girls with knowledge, support and information about their rights and services in order to prevent and manage HIV infections.

Ministry of Tanzania Plans HIV Initiative for Young Women

In Tanzania, a joint programme with the Ministry of Health, civil society organizations and the Global Fund is being piloted to combat HIV among adolescent girls and young women in the regions of Singida, Dodoma and Morogoro.

Everyday Racism Hinders Indigenous Women with HIV From Accessing Care

A study in Canada found that indigenous women living with HIV experience every day incidents of racism that impede their access to care disproportionately to other groups.

It's Not Just HIV Stigma for Women Living with HIV

A study in the U.S. found that women living with HIV perceive many forms of stigma in addition to HIV-related stigma, such as stigma related to gender, race and poverty.

Women Living with HIV Address Stigma and Discrimination

Women living with HIV in Ghana who serve as paralegals in their communities shared their concerns about the stigmatization women face due to HIV.

Young Women and Girls Need A Seat at the Table to Stop New HIV Infections

An event held during the European Union Development Days (EDD) discussed the importance of young women's participation in decision-making processes, education and access to health care to prevent new infections.

The Gendered Dimensions of HIV

In this feature, Sylvia, a community health educator in South Africa, discusses experiences women affected by HIV face including: lack of knowledge about the virus and their rights and gender-based violence.

Addressing the Psycho-Social Impact of HIV on Young Women and Girls

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation Nigeria emphasized the need to create safe spaces allowing young women to express psycho-social issues they face around HIV, such as low confidence and inability to negotiate safer sex.

Women Living with HIV in Rajasthan Push for Social Protections

During an advocacy session with the state government, women living with HIV presented their needs for income generating activities and schooling for adolescents living with HIV.

Unequal Power Relations in HIV Prevention

A qualitative study among pregnant women in South Africa found many interviewees reported feeling they did not have a say in negotiating condom use and were unable to ask their partner of their HIV status.

Toxic Masculinities and the Spread of HIV in Uganda

Though HIV rates continue to decrease in Uganda, it is still significantly more prevalent among women than men. The reasons behind this disparity are complex, but largely boil down to different forms of gender inequality.

Youth Urged to Create Digital Solutions to Help Tackle HIV and AIDS

A forum in Rwanda focused on the importance of engaging youth to design new innovative solutions to tackle the HIV epidemic and provide access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Women, HIV and the Criminal Justice System in the US

Adequate HIV knowledge, prevention, treatment and care services for women in the US criminal justice system is critical, as they are are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to the general population.

Using Innovative Approaches to Fight HIV and AIDS

The Community Rights and Gender Meeting hosted in Ghana focused on adopting innovative approaches to end HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Discussions focused around human rights and developing gender-responsive instruments to reduce HIV among adolescent girls and young women.