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We can’t forget women as we tell the story of covid-19 – By failing to include them, we skewed our understanding of HIV/AIDS

Women who have been medical (and political) subjects of HIV/AIDS also have much to teach us during our current pandemic. Historically, women have been at the forefront of fighting to keep communities and families healthy.

Putting women in the centre of the global HIV response is key to achieving epidemic control

As we celebrated International Women’s Day and applauded the many successes that women have,   and continue to achieve globally, we are also reminded of the many challenges that remain. HIV/AIDS   continues to be one such challenge.

South Africa: Health Department to Investigate 'Forced' Sterilisations of Women Living With HIV

The Department of Health will investigate allegations that women living with HIV were coerced to undergo involuntary sterilisation. Last month, the Commission for Gender Equality released a report on the practice after an investigation that was prompted by a complaint it received in 2015.

Adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa more than twice as likely to acquire HIV

Between 1995 and 2018, the steepest decrease in new HIV infections among women occurred among adolescent girls and young women (aged 15 to 24 years)—a decline of 44% globally.

Winnie Byanyima: End inequality to improve the global HIV response

The HIV/Aids epidemic has always been far more than a health issue. The virus thrives on inequality, insecurity, stigma and discrimination, marginalisation, criminalisation and exclusion.

International Women’s Day:Foundation urges elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS

As the world commemorates 2020 International Women’s Day (IWD), AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has called for the elimination of Mother-To-Child Transmission (MTCT) of HIV and AIDS in Nigeria.

UNAIDS takes stock 25 years on from the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for advancing the rights of women and girls and gender equality

The bad news about HIV, as Winnie Byanyima sums up plainly, is that it “sits on top of socio-economic injustices”. The UNAIDS Executive Director was speaking at the launch of the report “We’ve Got The Power – women, adolescent girls and the HIV response”.

Addressing the vulnerabilities that lead to HIV in young women

For many young women and girls, making safe and informed choices, which could limit their exposure to HIV, is no simple task. A young woman in poverty may be forced to exchange sex for favours, or to accept a marriage proposal from an older man.

Forty years into the HIV epidemic, AIDS remains the leading cause of death of women of reproductive age—UNAIDS calls for bold action

Gender discrimination and violence, gaps in education and lack of economic empowerment and protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights are blocking progress.

More effort needed to fight discrimination – Activists

Gloria Nawanyaga says being discriminated for living with HIV is much worse than the disease itself. “I have suffered discrimination and I know that it can be more lethal than the virus.”

Services tailored for women who inject drugs in India

People who use drugs are often highly stigmatized and face high levels of discrimination. Women who use drugs, however, are doubly stigmatized and discriminated against—because of their drug use and because of their gender.

In battle against HIV women must bring men along

Women need men to be more interested in learning their HIV status. Research has also shown that women take their antiretroviral medication in a timely manner.

Message from the UNAIDS Executive Director on Zero Discrimination Day and International Women's Day

As the Executive Director of UNAIDS, I lead the work of the United Nations to tackle AIDS. I’m also someone who has lost family members to AIDS. This is personal.

Half of Pregnant Women With HIV Not Prescribed Recommended Antiretroviral Therapy

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) prescribing practices in the United States do not align with current national guidelines for approximately half of pregnant women with HIV, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.

UNAIDS and IAEA forge a powerful partnership against the interlinked diseases of cervical cancer and HIV

7 February 2020 UNAIDS and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have joined forces to increase action against cervical cancer and HIV. In a memorandum of understanding signed following an event to mark World Cancer Day at the headquarters of IAEA in Vienna, Austria, the two organizations pledged to scale up and expand services for adolescent girls and women affected by the two diseases. Read the full article here

Report: South African State Hospitals 'Forcibly' Sterilized Women With HIV

State hospitals in South Africa have sterilized some pregnant HIV-Positive  women without their consent, according to an investigation by the government’s Commission for Gender Equality.

Letters to the Editor: New report says unpaid work of women now a global crisis

A new report says the unpaid work of women has created a wealth gap that is causing a crisis in economic development and hampering economic growth.

I am Generation Equality: Nicholas Niwagaba, young leader, human rights advocate

I  am Generation Equality because… I grew up in a community where HIV stigma was high, and I saw the effects firsthand. HIV information and services were not available, and I saw many of my friends and family members succumb to AIDS. 

Cultural inequalities towards women expose them to HIV infection

Restricted social autonomy of women can reduce their ability to access sexual health and HIV services. Less-educated women may be less knowledgeable about risks and therefore, more prone to adopt risky behaviours.

For African women at risk of HIV, a woke world is still sound asleep

The arrival in 2012 of a daily pill to prevent HIV infection was widely hailed as a breakthrough that could drive new infections worldwide to very low levels. Eight years later, it is having a strong impact in some places and little or none in others.