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Widows, Land and Power

In many countries, laws and social norms put women and girls at a disadvantage when it comes to land inheritance, ownership and control. A study of nine African countries found that the HIV epidemic made the disinheritance of widows worse, as many of them were blamed for allegedly infecting their husbands with the virus.

The International Community of Women Living with HIV: Nothing For Us, Without Us

In honor of International Women's Day, the ICW released a report exploring pregnant and breastfeeding women's access to HIV treatment and services, with a focus on rights, dignity and support in care.

Preliminary Trial Results Could Offer Women a New HIV Prevention Option

Mid-way results from from two studies show that a vaginal ring releasing long-acting antiretroviral medicine to prevent HIV is up to 54% effective in preventing HIV infections among women. The ring can give women an additional prevention option that is discreet and they can control.

International Women's Day 2018: A Healthy World Starts with Healthy Women

The International Partnership for Microbicides urges us to work together to prevent HIV and provide sexual and reproductive health and rights to women, so they have the opportunity to stay healthy and achieve their goals.

Advancing Gender Equality in the HIV Response

This International Women's Day, the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria highlights the importance of addressing harmful gender norms and discrimination which affect women and girls vulnerability to HIV.

#SheDecides – A Movement for Women's Empowerment for HIV Prevention

The power of SheDecides is its emphasis on gender equality and women's empowerment, linking these rights with wider Sustainable Development goals, including HIV prevention.

NYC launches PrEP Campaign to Combat HIV rise in Black and Latina Women

To respond to increasing HIV infections among women in New York City, the Department of Health has started a public health campaign to encourage women to use HIV prevention medication, or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Women living with HIV in Ukraine Face Increased Risk of Gender-based Violence and Stigma

This article discusses the links between HIV and gender-based violence and the effects of stigma and discrimination women living with HIV face.

Sex Education at the Push of a Button: The Apps Changing Lives Worldwide

Accurate information about sex and healthy relationships leads to greater gender equality worldwide, a report by UNESCO found. It also leads to better sexual health, as well as less sexually transmitted infections, HIV and unintended pregnancies.

The Female Factor

Linda-Gail Bekker, President of the International AIDS Society, highlights women's scientific contributions in the field of HIV and their critical roles in developing female-controlled prevention methods and documenting the associations between HIV and gender-based violence.

Domestic Violence Escalating HIV Infections in Uganda

This opinion piece draws the linkages between gender-based violence and HIV infection in Uganda and urges more training, prevention, treatment care and support measures to ensure the health and well-being of women and girls.

Reproductive Health of Women living with HIV in Switzerland being Neglected

A recent cross-sectional study in Switzerland found that women living with HIV of reproductive age faced barriers to obtaining effective contraception. Authors recommend the importance of HIV care physicians to be attentive to women's choices and needs for contraception.

First Ladies from Africa Draw Six-Point Agenda to Combat HIV and AIDS

At the end of their 20th Ordinary General Assembly, the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) further recommitted themselves to preventing HIV in children, women, mothers and young women and adolescents.

Global Fund and Partners Launch 'HER'

Executive Director of the Global Fund, Peter Sands, announced the HER - HIV Epidemic Response - Initiative to address HIV in 13 African countries where adolescent girls and young women face a disproportionate risk of infection.

Women with HIV Less Likely to Receive Recommended Treatments for Gynaecologic Cancers

A study in the United States found that only 49% of women living with HIV received guideline-adherent care for gynaecologic cancers. This study highlights the critical need to expand an understanding of best practices for the treatment of women living with HIV and gynaecological cancer.

First Lady of Zimbabwe Leads Fight against HIV and AIDS

The First Lady is prepared to fight against HIV and AIDS and expressed her commitment to intensify advocacy efforts towards ending child marriage, reproductive health rights and other issues which affect adolescent girls and young women.

NGO Launches Programme to Protect Girls from HIV Infection

The Girl Child Network works with the DREAMS Innovation Challenge programme to re-enroll adolescent girls into school as a way of reducing their vulnerability to HIV infection.

Experts Suggest Integrating Gender Issues Into HIV Programmes

According to a joint study published by the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control and UN Women, gender equality promises have not been clearly shown in Vietnam's current HIV response policies, programmes or budgets.

Why African Health Policy Needs Gender Equality

Gender inequality is arguably the prominent cause of the higher incidence of women's morbidity and mortality from communicable diseases in Africa. Regarding HIV, one of the key communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, most newly diagnosed people are women. Biological issues associated with HIV transmission can account for some of these differences, but gender norms play a major role.

Kenyan Health Advocates Reach out to Women to Boost War Against HIV and AIDS

A new initiative involves large-scale clinical trials for an injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among uninfected women. If successful, the trials will give the war on HIV the much needed boost to control new infection. Through such trials, the development of safe alternative options for PreP could increase HIV prevention choices for women.