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High Percentage of Women Diagnosed with HIV are not in Care

A recent CDC study found that 62% of of women in the United States being administered CDC-funded HIV tests had previously received an HIV diagnosis but 87% were still not in medical care. The authors noted the importance of early linkage to HIV medical care among women living with HIV not in care, regardless of their known HIV status at the time of testing.

International Day of the Girl Child: empowering girls before, during and after crises

This year, the International Day of the Girl Child focuses on empowering girls before, during and after crises. This includes addressing the increased vulnerability to HIV girls face due to child marriage and gender-based violence in war and conflict settings.

UNAIDS and UNFPA Launch Road Map to Stop New HIV Infections

UNAIDS, UNFPA and partners have launched a new prevention roadmap to reduce new HIV infections by 2020 . During the first meeting of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition, Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA's Executive Director, noted that the lack of access to education, agency or autonomy over their own bodies keeps adolescent girls form claiming their human rights and increases their vulnerability to HIV infection, sexually transmitted infections and...

Why Women living with HIV Get Late Cervical Cancer

A research study conducted in Uganda found that despite being on regular treatment and care, women living with HIV are usually diagnosed with cervical cancer at a much later stage. Often times, this is due to the lack of screening guidelines, equipment and trained personnel to screen for cervical cancer at HIV clinics.

Securing Land Rights in Africa

Studies show that strengthening land rights, especially for women, is critical to achieving development goals. In Zambia, in areas where women's land rights are weak and HIV infection rates are high, women are less likely to make investments to improve harvests as they anticipate they will be forced off their land if and when they are widowed.

Depression among Women Living with HIV Underdiagnosed

A study in northern Karnataka, India aimed to assess the prevalence of depression among women living with HIV in order to inform programmes for prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. It found that 34.5% of study participants were found to have clinical depression. Additionally, depression was statistically significant among women living with HIV in rural areas.

Realizing a Healthy Future for All Women

On World Contraception Day, the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) shared their latest research on products to protect women from HIV and unintended pregnancy to address their overlapping sexual and reproductive health needs.

Gender Stereotypes Affect Girls' Risk of HIV

A 15-country study found that gender stereotypes put girls at greater risk of physical and sexual violence, child marriage, early pregnancy and HIV.

Activists Call for Remodelling of Female Condoms

Civil society organizations in Uganda have asked manufacturers of female condoms to redesign them to enhance their usability. An improved female condom would encourage more women to take charge of their sexual health, protecting them from HIV and STIs and allowing them to space their births.

Botswana Makes Progress in HIV Prevention

Speaking during the United Nations General Assembly, Vice President Masisi noted that adolescent girls and young women make up over double the new HIV infections. Vice President Masisi committed to revitalizing HIV prevention through new strategies, such as targeted programmes for adolescent girls and young women.

British Columbia's Only Support Group for Women Living with HIV Closes

Due to funding changes of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Positive Women's Network in British Columbia announced they will be closing their doors.

South Africa's Government Hosts Summit for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

The Departments of Health, Social Development, Education and Sport Development will host a two day summit under the theme "Take Control of Your Future," aimed at addressing disproportionate new HIV infections among this group.

Facing HIV Stigma in School

Maureen Phiri from Lilingwe, Malawi faced intense stigma and discrimination from her schoolmates and health service providers due to her HIV status, leading her to drop out of school. After joining the local network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS, Maureen can now demand her rights to stigma-free education and treatment.

Focusing on Preventing HIV among Girls and Young Women

During the recent launch of the AIDS Council in the Vhembe district of South Africa, Executive Mayor Florence Radzilani said authorities were particularly concerned about the spread of HIV among school girls. "All stakeholders should be champions of this important campaign to ensure that vulnerable girls and young women remain HIV free," said Radzilani.

New Recommendations Aim to Help Pregnant Women with HIV Make Informed Choices

Updated guidance on antiretroviral drugs for pregnant women living with HIV can help women make more informed choices about benefits and harms, say a panel of international experts in The BMJ today. The recommendations are meant to support more people-centered policy developments to ensure women are fully informed around their decision making.

California Assembly Votes to Repeal HIV Criminalization Laws

The California Assembly voted to reduce the penalty for intentionally exposing someone to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor as existing laws discriminate against people with HIV. A study by the University of California, Los Angeles found that between 1988-2014, HIV criminalization laws in the state disproportionately affected women and people of color.

Distributing Female Condoms to Prevent HIV and STIs in Chile

The President of the Health Commission in Chile, Karol Cariola, along with parliamentarians and civil society organizations has introduced a bill that proposes the incorporation, acquisition and distribution of female condoms as part of the policy of the Ministry of Health. This bill would incorporate gender equality as a guiding principle to prevent HIV and STIs in the female population.

Poor Awareness on HIV is a Roadblock in Achieving the 2020 Zero-Infection Target

India's Deputy Director General of the National Aids Control Organization (NACO), Dr. Naresh Goel, stated that the lack of knowledge around HIV is a major barrier to reducing new infections. In the last decade, women's awareness around HIV and AIDS increased only by 6.1% from 28.5% to 34.6%.

South Sudanese Woman Shows the Power of Knowledge

Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. Ms. Balang's school curriculum includes modules on gender equality, HIV and AIDS and family planning as part of their comprehensive sexuality education programme.

Ssewamala to Use NIH Grant on HIV Interventions in Africa

Fred Ssewamala, professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has received a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study the effectiveness of interventions in Uganda aimed at protecting adolescent girls against known HIV risk factors.