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Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Sophia Forum are taking this opportunity to launch their campaign ‘Walk in Our Knickers’ to highlight the fact that women living with HIV are twice as likely to have been or be affected by gender violence. ‘Walk in Our Knickers’ aims to raise awareness, advocate for improved practice and prompt responses from policy makers and government.
In collaboration with UNAIDS and other partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IRTG, a Global Network of Trans Women and HIV, have released a new publication entitled Implementing comprehensive HIV and STI programmes with transgender people: practical guidance for collaborative interventions. The publication presents concrete steps that public health officials, health workers and nongovernmental organizations can adopt to implement HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) programmes with transgender people.
Welcome to UNAIDS Science now and to the third issue of HIV this month in 2016! In March, UNAIDS and WHO organized a highlights from CROI 2016 briefing. A video of the briefing as well as presentation slides from speakers are available. Presentation webcasts and abstracts at the actual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2016 in February are also available online.
This new viewpoint article entitled "Ethical, strategic and meaningful involvement of women living with HIV starts at the beginning" is based on the global values and preferences survey conducted for WHO in 2014, as it updates its guidelines on the SRH&HR of women living with HIV. This article can be found in the Journal of Virus Eradiction: http://viruseradication.com/journal-details/Ethical,_strategic_and_meaningful_involvement_of_women_living_with_HIV_starts_at_the_beginning/
The Truth About Adolescent Boys: New publication by Promundo and UNFPA highlights importance of engaging young men in gender equality and in sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Welcome to UNAIDS Science now and to the second issue of HIV this month in 2016! The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2016 happened in Boston, USA last week. Among the presentations that were widely covered by media was the release of results from two dapivirine-containing vaginal ring trials: the ASPIRE/MTN-020 of the Microbicide Trials Network and the Ring Study/IPM 027 of the International Partnership for Microbicides.
In 2014, there were 25.8 million people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, more than half of them women. Several studies have reported that girls’ and women’s risk of HIV infection is associated with gender inequality and violence. Harmful gender norms can lead to risky behaviors, violence, substance abuse, pursuit of multiple sexual partners, and domination of women.
This Collection offers multiple routes to sexuality and gender justice and numerous suggestions of what sexuality and gender justice could be in a plurality of contexts. It also suggests that there are many potential pitfalls and barriers to justice or progress. What this Collection highlights, however, is that by listening carefully to each other and by paying careful attention to the needs of those working on the ground, we give ourselves the best chances of success, individually and collectively.
Sophia Forum newsletter: February 2016 | LGBT History Month February is LGBT history month, and so an important time to reflect on how HIV impacts on lesbian, bisexual and trans women. In this edition of the Sophia Forum newsletter, we share articles exploring how HIV affects LBT women, and how their needs, priorities and experiences are invisibilised and even ignored. In the first piece, Sophia Forum trustees Felicity Daly and Sophie Strachan present the evidence on lesbian and bisexual women's vulnerability to HIV acquisition and how this is largely missing from the research base.
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