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Widespread lack of HIV awareness in Indian adults PDF Print E-mail
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The latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data findings, released by the Health Ministry on Tuesday night, reveal widespread ignorance about HIV/AIDS among adults in India. According to the latest data, nearly 82 per cent women and nearly 70 per cent men — in the 13 States surveyed under phase 1 of NFHS4 — lacked comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS and safe sex practices.
 
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It is quite possible for women to have sex and get a degree? PDF Print E-mail
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Jen Thorpe discusses an article indicating that 16 bursaries were awarded to female matriculants who underwent a virginity test, and passed. In order to keep these “maiden” bursaries, the women must “remain pure” and undergo regular testing throughout their undergraduate degree. These bursaries are premised on the idea that encouraging women not to have sex will reduce the spread of HIV.
 
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At-Risk Teens Aren't Getting HIV Tests, CDC Says PDF Print E-mail
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Most U.S. high school students and young adults who have sex don't get HIV tests, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Screening rates for young women have decreased since 2006.
 
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Zambian Youths facing HIV/AIDS challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Through Zambia’s recently revised National Youth Policy, Government seeks to address both those at risk and those living with HIN by identifying measures that can help youth prevent and live positively with the virus. The Policy also addresses issues related to stigma and discrimination. Among the objectives of the policy is to promote the provision of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual reproductive health services that meet the specific needs of the youth. Read full article here.

 
How a drug can help prevent 5000 girls being infected with HIV every week PDF Print E-mail
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South Africa has become one of the first African countries to license a fixed-dose combination of anti-retrovirals to be used as an oral pre-exposure prophylaxis. Read full article here.

 
The City at the Heart of the Philippines’s HIV Epidemic PDF Print E-mail
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New infections in Cebu City have skyrocketed, even as they’re declining worldwide.  The city is struggling to control the drug use that’s spreading the virus and are seeing an increase in HIV amongst pregnant women who do not have an HIV risk profile. Read full article here.

 
Africa: Sex and Relationships in the Lives of Young Women Living With HIV PDF Print E-mail
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Sungano Bondayi explores the experience of a woman living with HIV in a context where HIV services are non-existent in her local surroundings; what implications does this have for her hopes for herself and for having her own family? Read full article here.

 
Harnessing the power of digital health to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission PDF Print E-mail
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The Ministry of Health in Uganda has launched an SMS-based monitoring platform to track the progress of the elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT) efforts across the health system and use real numbers, rather than estimates, to represent real people. Read full article here.

 
Cuts in Philippine’s Contraceptive funding will fuel HIV and Maternal Deaths PDF Print E-mail
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The Philippines’ legislator decision to cut the $21 million contraceptive budget surprised and infuriated legislators and advocacy groups who had struggled more than a decade to pass the Reproductive Health Law that guaranteed funds to provide contraceptives to the poor. Read full article here.

 
Uganda: Violence Against Women Is Both Cause and Consequence of HIV Transmission PDF Print E-mail
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This article explores the two-way causal relationship between Violence Against Women and HIV.  By recounting the experiences of two married Ugandan women living in discordant relationships, the author describes the rejection and violence women risk and face at the hands of their partners when living in a discordant relationship.  The link between HIV and Violence against women is explained and the need for male-focused education and sensitization about HIV and violence is explored.  Through investments in organizations of women living with HIV, governments  can support those associations that promote the provision of psycho-social support and access to essential services for women, to prevent and treat HIV amongst them. Read the full article at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201512110831.html

 
Why Are So Many Black Women Dying of AIDS? – New York Times PDF Print E-mail
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In this New York Times Op Ed, Laurie Shrage explores how the racial profiling in America may be fueling an urgent public health crisis. In the United States, the rate of HIV infection amongst African American women, is 20 times higher than that of white women. The disproportionately high rates of HIV amongst African American women in America has been recognized at a high level, including by Hillary Clinton as early as 2007, however the rapid rate of infection has been hard to account for. In this article, Laurie Shrage reviews the possible connection between the disproportionate HIV rates and the high incarceration rates amongst African Americans. Read the full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/12/opinion/why-are-so-many-black-women-dying-of-aids.html?_r=0

 
To Defeat HIV -- We Must Do More for Women and Girls PDF Print E-mail
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In this Huffington Post entry in the The Blog, Clara Banya recounts her experiences of being a woman living with HIV in Malawi. Clara explains her experience of disclosing her status to her husband and her observations of how the implementation of child HIV protocols in Malawi drastically changed her daughters life.  Ms. Banya is a Member of the Global Fund Advocates Network Speakers Bureau and works with other advocates at the International Community of Women with HIV to empower women to make informed decisions around condom use, report abuse, to seek medical attention and to teach them the importance of being economically empowered. Weak Health systems and stigma and discrimination are a stumbling block for women living with HIV in Malawi, and this is why Clara explains that the Global Fund is so important to Malawi to help address these gaps and allow as many people as possible to access treatment. Read full entry at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clara-banya/to-defeat-hiv---we-must-d_b_8809600.html

 
The African Union holds the First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa (November, 2015). PDF Print E-mail
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The summit brought together Heads of state and governments, ministers in charge of gender and traditional affairs, as well as children, first ladies, United Nations (UN) agencies, development partners, civil society organizations, young people, and religious and traditional leaders to take stock of the progress made in ending child marriage across Africa, to identify challenges and share experiences.  The summit highlighted the fact that child marriages are a  strong reflection of pervasive gender discrimination and have devastating effects on the girl-child and the society.  Early marriage has been identified as a key driver of  HIV amongst young girls and adolescents. The Outcome Statement from the Summit includes recommendations for setting the minimum age of marriage at 18.  The statement also outlines AU member states’ efforts and commitments to eliminating child marriage by no later than 2030.  See more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201511303098.html

 
Low Rates of Engagement with HIV Care Among Women Who Have Recently Given Birth in Cape Town Townshi PDF Print E-mail
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Only half of HIV- positive mothers in townships near Cape Town, South Africa, who received antenatal care and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) 36 months after giving birth, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. The study involved 324 HIV-positive women. Read more here.

 
Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over condition PDF Print E-mail
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Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV- infected women, when they have the opportunity to manage their infection, prevent transmission to their new baby and enter a long-term pattern of maintenance after giving birth- but most HIV-infected women aren’t getting that chance. Read more here.