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Promoting HIV testing of men through female partners and sex workers PDF Print E-mail
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A study in Kenya finds that the provision of multiple HIV self-tests to women at high risk of HIV infection was successful in promoting HIV testing among their sexual partners and in facilitating safer sexual decisions. This novel strategy warrants further consideration as countries develop self-testing policies and programmes. Read full article here.
 
Telling women to avoid pregnancy is not a solution for HIV and the Zika virus PDF Print E-mail
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It is widely recognized that, if the transformations outlined in the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are to be achieved, respecting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of women and girls – including their sexual and reproductive rights – will be essential. Read full article here.
 
UN General Assembly adopts political declaration to fast-track progress on ending AIDS PDF Print E-mail
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At a high-level meeting on ending AIDS that opened at the United Nations General Assembly today (8th June), Member States adopted a new political declaration that includes a set of time-bound targets to fast-track the pace of progress towards combating the worldwide scourge of HIV and AIDS over the next five years and end the epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. Read full article here.
 
HIV-Positive Women In Uganda Are Being Sterilized Without Their Consent PDF Print E-mail
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A study in Uganda, which looked at HIV-positive women between 15 and 49 years old in nine districts across the country, found that 72 of the total 744 women studied reported having undergone forced and coerced sterilization, and 20 of them were pressured into sterilization in clinical settings, like hospitals. The study also found that three young women were forced into abortions, often unsafe in the country, by their families.   

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Two million more people living with HIV on life-saving treatment in 2015 – new UN report PDF Print E-mail
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The number of HIV-positive people taking antiretroviral medicines more than doubled to an estimated 17 million people from 2010 to 2015, with two million people gaining access to the life-saving drug last year alone, the United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response announced today.

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CDC: High Rate of HIV Among Transgender Women PDF Print E-mail
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says HIV infection rates are high among transgender women in the United States, and particularly high among black transgender women, compared to other groups.

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U.S. Anti-AIDS Abstinence Efforts in Africa Fail to Prevent HIV PDF Print E-mail
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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 PDF Print E-mail
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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 PDF Print E-mail
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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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Gender: HIV&AIDS – married women face the biggest dilemma PDF Print E-mail
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In Zimbabwe – women have a higher HIV and AIDS prevalence rate, and lessons learnt have showed that marriage can actually increase the risk and vulnerability of HIV infection amongst young women. This is due mainly to the fact that married women lack the choice and power to control their sexual and reproductive health as most fail to negotiate for safe sex.  Read full article here.
 
HIV disparity still exists for women of color PDF Print E-mail
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In the United States, one in four people living with HIV, are women. Per the CDC, Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women are disproportionately affected by HIV as compared with women of other races/ethnicities.  Of the 137,504 estimated number of women living with diagnosed HIV at the end of 2013, 61 percent were African American, 17 percent were Hispanic, and 17 percent were white.  Read full article here.
 
OpEd: Standing With a Sisterhood to Fight Against HIV PDF Print E-mail
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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, celebrated March 10, was a day to raise awareness of the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls in the United States. Many Americans believe this is a passé issue and that in 2016 women would know everything they need to know about this infection and ways to protect themselves. Unfortunately, they are wrong. The reality is, accessing this information and then acting on this knowledge is nearly impossible when we doubt our worthiness, capability or potential. Read full article here.
 
'Let's Talk About PrEP' Targets Black Women For HIV Prevention PDF Print E-mail
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Last year, in a milestone for HIV prevention, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommended pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a novel HIV prevention strategy for people who are HIV-negative that involves taking a once-a-day pill and seeing a health care provider for routine visits. Since then, President Obama released an updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy which placed new emphasis on ensuring full access to PrEP and several states have developed programs to cover the cost of PrEP medication and related services. In the context of this new spotlight on PrEP, prescriptions have dramatically increased. However, this upsurge has primarily been seen in prescriptions for men. The number of new PrEP prescriptions for women has remained stagnant and woefully low. To put it plainly, PrEP is not reaching women. Read full article here.
 
Uganda: Sterilisation of HIV-Positive Women PDF Print E-mail
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Kampala — Mayimuna Monica* has been living with HIV for over 10 years and wants to have a baby. But she can't because her uterus was removed against her will at a government hospital where she had gone to deliver her last child now aged eight. "My uterus was removed in 2007. When I got pregnant and went for medical check-up, the doctor asked me why I was pregnant. I told him I want to have a third child. The doctor said, you people living with HIV at times annoy us because you understand your situation but you come to disturb us." Read full article here
 
Two Large Studies Show IPM’s Monthly Vaginal Ring Helps Protect Women Against HIV PDF Print E-mail
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First long-acting HIV prevention method for women reduced infections by approximately 30% overall, with differences in efficacy by age and level of use; IPM to seek regulatory approval for investigational product. Read full article here.