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In the News

U.S. Anti-AIDS Abstinence Efforts in Africa Fail to Prevent HIV

Over the past 15 years the U.S. has spent $1.4 billion promoting abstinence before marriage as a way of preventing HIV in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. A rigorous comparison of national data from countries that received abstinence funding under the 2003 U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with those that had not showed no difference in the age of first sexual experience, number of sexual partners or teenage pregnancies—all aspects of behaviors that have been linked to a higher risk of becoming infected with HIV.  

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UN and social groups join hands to help women living with HIV

Two books entitled "My Children and I — Stories of A Mother Living with HIV" and "Power of Women" developed by the Women's Network Against AIDS-China and supported by the joint hands of UNAIDS, UN Women and the British Embassy in Beijing made their debut at Ditan Hospital, where the first case of HIV across the country was diagnosed in 1987. The books were published amid concerted efforts of both domestic and international communities to help women suffering from AIDS live with zero discrimination. 

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Gender differences, relationship power could be key in preventing HIV in South African adolescents

A new research study from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), Annenberg School for Communication, and Perelman School of Medicine investigated and confirmed those associations of intimate partner violence (IPV) and relationship power with sexual-risk behaviors in adolescents. The researchers identified promising pathways to reduce IPV and help prevent HIV infection, including promotion of gender equity as a social norm. The findings are set for publication in an upcoming issue of Health Psychology.

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What's New

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.


Human Rights of Women Living with HIV in the Americas


On the occasion of Zero Discrimination Day, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS launched a new report entitled "Human Rights of Women Living with HIV in the Americas."  The report, developed by CIM and UNAIDS with the collaboration of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW Latina), includes information from the following sources: questionnaires completed by 14 countries, studies on stigma and discrimination from 11 countries with 7,822 interviewees, the UNAIDS global database (AIDSINFO) and a literature review.



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.