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ViiV Healthcare Awards $1 Million in Grants for Positive Action for Women in the U.S.

ViiV Healthcare announced $1 million in grants for Positive Action for Women (PAFW), a pilot initiative that supports innovative, forward-thinking community collaborations that break down isolation and stigma for transgender and cisgender women of color living with HIV and link them to networks of care.

Improved Treatment Allowing More Women Living with HIV to Get Pregnant

New research shows that improved treatment is allowing more Canadian women living with HIV to get pregnant. According to the Canadian HIV Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study, nearly 25 percent of women reported a pregnancy after an HIV diagnosis.

Access to Female Condoms Improving in the U.S., Study Says

A new study found that more states are making female condoms available through Medicaid, rising 30% more from 2007 to 2016. But few women are using them, researchers say. Structural barriers including poor marketing, price and lack of accurate information may hinder access to and use of the device.

CAVWOC Continues Fight Against Sexual Cleansing

Malawi's Centre for Alternatives for Victimised Women and Children (CAVWOC) has intensified efforts to end cultural practices such as sexual cleansing that are contributing to high school drop-out among girls and the spread of HIV. The organization is working with chiefs in Phalombe district to speak up against the harm of these cultural practices and encourage education for girls.

Women Bear Brunt of Uganda's High HIV Rate

The prevalence of HIV in Uganda is more than 3% higher among women than men, according to research by the Uganda AIDS Commission. While the overall rate of those aged between 15 and 49 living with the infection has declined in the past five years to 6% – from 7.3% – women remain disproportionately affected by the epidemic.

Theron Dreams of AIDS Free South Africa

Recently, actress Charlize Theron has supported the Choma Dreams Cafe, a place that aims to empower adolescent girls by providing them access to education, life skills, mentorship and HIV prevention tips. Theron believes that gender inequality and poverty play a major role in the spread of HIV and such programs can prevent new infections.

HIV Rates of Women Increasing in Iran

Kambiz Mehzari, Advisor to the Committee on AIDS Prevention and Control, noted that over one third of newly infected people are women. The infection used to be more prevalent in men but it has recently been infecting more and more women, Mehzari added.

Study Shows Men in Zambia Control Women's Use of HIV Prevention Gel

Microbicides are being heralded as a way to empower women and protect themselves against the HIV, giving women autonomy over their own sexual health. Yet, a recent study in Zambia found that men still yield influence over the use of microbicides due to the role of men as decision-makers of the household. 

The Role of the Physician Advocate in Sexual Violence against Women

Sexual violence against women and girls is increasing in Jamaica, despite under reporting, and girls 15-19 years have much higher rates of HIV prevalence than boys with the majority of cases linked to sexual violence.

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.

"Young People Need Their Voices to be Heard," UN Women's Executive Director

At the London Family Planning Summit, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka spoke of the high rates of new HIV infections, gender-based violence and childbirth complications young women and girls face. She stressed the need of scaling comprehensive sexuality education which addresses gender inequality and the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights in young women and girls' development.

Vaginal Ring Safe HIV Preventive Tool for Adolescents, Study Finds

A evaluated the safety and efficacy to the dapivirine vaginal ring as a means of HIV prevention among adolescent girls and found that using the ring reduced young women's risk of HIV by a promising 56%. The sample of this study consisted of 96 sexually-active girls, between ages 15-17, in the United States.

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.