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UNAIDS warns that after significant reductions, declines in new HIV infections among adults have stalled and are rising in some regions.

A new report by UNAIDS reveals concerning trends in new HIV infections among adults. The Prevention gap report shows that while significant progress is being made in stopping new HIV infections among children (new HIV infections have declined by more than 70% among children since 2001 and are continuing to decline), the decline in new HIV infections among adults has stalled. The report shows that HIV prevention urgently needs to be scaled up among this age group.  Read full article here.

Male circumcision and HIV antiretroviral drugs 'significantly reduce new infections'

An increasing prevalence of male circumcision among Ugandan communities, has been linked to a fall in the number of HIV infections. The practice, in conjunction with more HIV-positive women being given antiretroviral drugs, has brought about 'significant declines' in the disease, new research suggests. The two interventions, observed in rural Ugandan communities, were successful in tightly controlled clinical trials, and have 'real-world implications'. The findings, published today (12 July 2016) in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), are believed to be the first of their kind. Read full article here.

Young Women In Kenya More Likely To Get Tested For HIV When Sent Weekly Texts About Sexual Health

Text messages have revolutionized the way we interact with each other — and the way we receive and practice health care may be next. The latest research proves they can also increase the rate of HIV testing among the groups who are more vulnerable to infection; in this particular case, young women living in rural Africa. Read full article here.

HIV testing and treatment campaigns need to target women and the under 35s.

A recently released study in the Journal of  Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome has shown that  “HIV testing and treatment should be prioritized to target young people and women, while novel strategies are necessary to reach men.” Read full article here.

El Nino, La Nina could lead to spike in new HIV infections in Africa: UNICEF

Drought exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern could lead to a spike in new HIV infections in southern Africa as women and girls turn to sex to survive and patients miss treatments, the United Nations children’s' agency UNICEF said. Read full article here.


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Virtual Consultation on A Gender Equality Framework for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health

UN Women - in consultation with a number of experts and key partners - has developed a draft gender equality framework designed to support the implementation of gender responsive strategies in RMNCAH. We invite you to share your thoughts, ideas and expertise to improve the draft we have developed. This will ensure that it is relevant and applicable to the broad range of stakeholders working to improve women's health and gender equality across the world.


Action to Promote the Legal Empowerment of Women in the Context of HIV

UN Women through the support of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada has implemented a regional programme, Action to Promote the Legal Empowerment of Women in the Context of HIV, to increase women's access to property and inheritance rights in ninesub-Saharan African countries  as a means to reduce vulnerabilities to and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS.  To learn more visit the site here.

Women's Stories

A Positive Approach to Violence: An Interview with Indonesian HIV Advocate, Baby Rivona


Baby Rivona has advocated passionately on behalf of women living with HIV and AIDS in Indonesia since 2005. She contracted the disease herself through drug use, and was shocked by the stigma and the lack of support she encountered, from both her government and wider society.


Read Rivona's story and watch her interview with UN Women here.