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Vaginal ring for HIV prevention effective and acceptable

An updated adherence analysis from the ASPIRE study indicates that consistent users of a vaginal ring containing dapivirine experienced 65% fewer infections, the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa heard last month. Some additional analyses suggested a higher level of effectiveness. Moreover, African women who took part in the study told researchers that they liked the product, found it easy to use and preferred it to possible alternatives such as tablets or vaginal gels. Read full article here.

 
Hail to Malawi's She-Chief Fighting HIV

When the International AIDS Conference is held in Africa, not only do you get Elton John, Queen Latifah and the rest of the celebrity set in attendance, but African royalty appear as well. They’re concerned for their people—and it’s these traditional leaders, as opposed to politicians, that often hold sway. That’s especially true in Malawi, where 10.3% of the population lives with HIV. Reflecting gender disparities in the country, more women (12.9 percent) than men (8.1 percent) have the disease, according to the UK-based organization, AVERTing HIV and AIDS. However, Malawi’s rate of new infection has been dropping, and perhaps that’s in part due to Senior Chief Theresa John Ndovie Kachindamoto. Read full article here.

 
HIV Infection Decreases Survival in Women With Invasive Cervical Cancer

HIV infection significantly decreases survival among women with invasive cervical cancer, according to a study conducted in Botswana. This was the case even though most women with HIV received antiretroviral therapy. “Cervical cancer is the most common cause of cancer death among African women, and the HIV epidemic intensifies this burden,” wrote study authors led by Scott Dryden-Peterson, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The use of antiretroviral therapy for HIV can reduce the frequency and duration of the HPV strains that can cause cervical cancer, but incidence of the malignancy has not decreased since HIV treatment expanded. The impact of HIV on survival from cervical cancer has not been well studied before. 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

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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.