Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living With HIV 2017
23 October 2017
October 23 marks the Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living With HIV, organized annually by the Positive Women’s Network–USA. This year, the group highlighted the intersectoins between economic security, health and violence against women living with HIV. This day of action is necessary because:
Women living with HIV are twice as likely to experience intimate-partner violence and five times as likely to experience lifetime sexual assault as will the general population of women.
Data also show that women of trans experience, who are the population most affected by HIV in the United States, are at elevated risk for violent hate crimes, which all too often are deadly.
Disclosure of HIV status can increase vulnerability to violence, including tragic situations where women with HIV have been murdered following disclosure of their HIV status.
To end violence against women living with HIV, PWN-USA proposes a nine-part economic security agenda for people living with HIV to ensure access to affordable, high-quality health care.