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Intimate partner violence intervention reduces HIV incidence and violence against women PDF Print E-mail
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Integrating intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention strategies into HIV prevention programming led to a significant reduction in HIV incidence and in women’s experience of physical and sexual violence from intimate partners in Rakai, Uganda, delegates heard last month at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. Read full article here

 
Underage: Addressing Reproductive Health and HIV Needs in Married Adolescent Girls PDF Print E-mail
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In July, thousands of people attended the 20th International AIDS Conference and the 2014 Girls Summit to work towards an AIDS-free generation and ending child and forced marriage. But such attention is rare; by and large, these girls are invisible to development efforts. Read full article here

 
Empowering Women and Girls: The Impact of Gender Equality on Public Health PDF Print E-mail
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Several news stories in recent months have illustrated gender inequalities on a global scale. Social media campaigns like #YesAllWomen and #BringBackOurGirls have helped to raise awareness of injustices and encourage female empowerment. What has gone mostly unspoken in these discussions, however, are the ways in which these social inequalities affect public health. Read full article here

 
Wives Hide HIV as Stigma Undermines Progress on AIDS PDF Print E-mail
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In a busy Mozambique clinic, a 25-year-old mother says she won’t tell her estranged husband she has HIV for fear she will be blamed and beaten. Read full article here

 
AIDS 2014 Conference: stepping up the pace and still on the wrong path PDF Print E-mail
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As the 20th International AIDS Conference opens in Melbourne this weekend, Alice Welbourn reflects on how global policies still fail to acknowledge the gender dimensions of this pandemic, or take into account the new broader medico-ethical debates which echo many of the concerns of women living with HIV. Read full article here

 
HIV: Violations or investments in women’s rights? PDF Print E-mail
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In the context of widespread sexual violence and its reciprocal links to HIV, Alice Welbourn reports on how the formal scientific evidence base alone is beginning to be recognized as not fit-for-purpose to safeguard women's rights. Read full article here

 
HIV-Positive Women Respond Well to HPV Vaccine PDF Print E-mail
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HIV-positive women respond well to a vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV), even when their immune system is struggling, according to newly published results of an international clinical trial.  Read full article here

 
Gauteng pays after forced sterilization for HIV-positive woman PDF Print E-mail
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The Gauteng health department has made an out-of-court settlement agreement to pay almost half-a-million rand to an HIV-positive woman for damages for the pain and suffering she endured as a result of being coercively sterilized in a state hospital. The department confirmed on Friday that the settlement was made last month. Activists say the outcome of the nearly two year-long legal battle is a "landmark" and sets a precedent for other women who were reportedly strong-armed into the permanent contraceptive procedures because they wereHIV-positive. Read full article here.

 
Women Still Falling Through PMTCT Cracks PDF Print E-mail
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South Africa has charted steady and significant decreases in mother-to-child HIV transmission rates in recent years but prevention of mother-to-child HIV (PMTCT) campaigns may still be starting HIV-positive mothers on treatment too late. Read full article here.

 
World AIDS Day 2013 Message – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon PDF Print E-mail
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On this World AIDS Day, I am more optimistic than ever. Much of the world is accelerating progress in responding to HIV. There are significant decreases in new infections and deaths, and we are making good progress in realizing our target of ensuring 15 million people have access to antiretroviral treatment by 2015. This is crucial to halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic for good. Read full article here

 
World AIDS Day 2013 Message – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka PDF Print E-mail
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UN Women remains committed to the goals of getting to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths.  Today on World AIDS Day, we pay tribute to those working around the world to achieve these goals and reaffirm the strategic importance of getting to zero violence and discrimination against women and girls to make greater progress. Read full article here

 
World AIDS Day 2013 Message – UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin PDF Print E-mail
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As we mark World AIDS Day, we can point to significant progress in the global response to the epidemic on the road to reaching the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Worldwide, the number of new HIV infections continues to fall, more people have access to anti-retroviral treatment and, as a result, fewer people are dying of AIDS. Read full article here

 
The link in Africa between violence to women and HIV must be broken PDF Print E-mail
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Commentary by Lynne Featherstone and Annie Lennox: Tears may dry in seconds. Bruises may disappear in days – and scars might eventually fade. But of all the devastating consequences of violence against women and girls, there is one lasting impact that cannot be hidden underneath clothing or concealed behind a forced smile. In sub-Saharan Africa every minute of every day a woman becomes infected with HIV, adding to the tragic and persistent spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Read full article here

 
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Majority of Nigerians with HIV are women – NACA PDF Print E-mail
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Efforts directed at curbing the spread of the virus will be focused more towards women, NACA said. Majority of people living with HIV in Nigeria are women, the National Agency for the Control of Aids, NACA, has said. The Director-General of NACA, John Idoko, said 60 percent of the about 3.5 million Nigerians living with the virus, are women, meaning men account for the remaining 40 percent. He said the government was directing greater effort at involving women in the fight against the virus, since they constitute a higher proportion of those affected. Read full article here

 
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