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18 Feb, 2010

Philippines / Development: ‘Poverty Still Has a Woman’s Face’

MANILA (IPS) - Women and poverty still share an uncomfortable spot on the development matrix of countries across Asia-Pacific that are struggling to end deprivation, according to the newly launched third joint report of the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). "A woman’s face remains the picture of poverty," Dr Noeleen Heyzer, U.N.

11 Feb, 2010
Tags: policy

France / Policy: Politique de lutte contre le VIH/sida en France : les recommandations de la Cour des comptes

En France, le rapport public annuel 2010 de la Cour des comptes a été présenté mardi 9 février par Alain Pichon, doyen des présidents de chambre, et par Claire Bazy-Malaurie, rapporteur général.

10 Feb, 2010

Indonesia / Epidemic: The feminization of the HIV epidemic

The overlap between injecting drug use and sex work is a driving force in the so-called “feminization” of Asia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Between 70 and 80 percent of women injecting drug users (IDUs) are involved in some kind of sex work, according to Ratna Mardiati, a former director of the Drug Dependence Hospital (RSKO) in East Jakarta with 14 years’ experience dealing with injecting drug users. “They are not formal sex workers but they sell their bodies when they need money,” she says. Other sources of structural inequality, such as the gender wage gap — which sees Indonesian women earning on

9 Feb, 2010

Jamaica / Prevention: Health Minister Appeals to Women to use Condoms

Kingston - Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has appealed to Jamaican women to get tested for HIV, and to take more responsibility for their sexual behaviour by using a condom during sexual encounters. The call came as the nation observes Safer Sex Week, February 7-14, under the theme, "Smarter Women Always Buy, Carry and Use Condoms." Mr. Spencer said that the urgent call is for women to buy, carry and use condoms, correctly and consistently. In his message to commemorate National Safer Sex Week, Mr.

8 Feb, 2010

Netherlands / Policy: Linking sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV prevention is key says Dutch AIDS Ambassador Marijke Wijnroks

The Netherlands’ AIDS Ambassador Dr Marijke Wijnroks recently visited UNAIDS Secretariat to meet with Michel Sidibé UNAIDS Executive Director and senior management of the Joint Programme. We took the opportunity to ask Dr Wijnroks about her role as her country’s AIDS Ambassador, and discussed some of the key issues in the Dutch approach to the global issue of HIV. UNAIDS: Dr Wijnroks, you were appointed Dutch AIDS Ambassador in July 2009. What do you see as your role in the global response to HIV?

8 Feb, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa / Prevention-PMTCT: Impact of Antiretroviral Therapy on Incidence of Pregnancy among HIV-Infected Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cohort Study

Background With the rapid expansion of antiretroviral therapy (ART) services in sub-Saharan Africa there is growing recognition of the importance of fertility and childbearing among HIV-infected women. However there are few data on whether ART initiation influences pregnancy rates. Methods and Findings We analyzed data from the Mother-to-Child Transmission-Plus (MTCT-Plus) Initiative, a multicountry HIV care and treatment program for women, children, and families.

7 Feb, 2010

Brasil / Epidemic: Aids cresce entre jovens atinge principalmente mulheres e homossexuais

A incidência de AIDS entre os jovens de 13 a 19 anos atinge principalmente homossexuais e mulheres. Nesta faixa etária, a prevalência de contaminação é feminina, com 60% dos casos. De 2000 a junho de 2009 foram registrados no país 3.713 casos da doença em meninas, contra 2.448 em meninos. Entre os adolescentes, 39,2% dos casos entre os meninos foram resultado de relações homossexuais. Os dados foram divulgados hoje (6) pelo Ministério da Saúde, durante o lançamento da campanha Carnaval de Prevenção à AIDS, no Rio. As estatísticas apontam para uma feminização da doença.

6 Feb, 2010

Mexico / Prevention-PMTCT: Realizan pruebas ràpidas de VIH/Sida a mujeres embazadas

Tampico, Tamaulipas.-En el Centro de Ambulatorio de Prevención y Atención en SIDA e Infecciones de Transmisión Sexual, se están realizando las pruebas rápidas de VIH a las personas que han tenido relaciones sexuales de riesgo. El año pasado se realizaron 1917 pruebas ràpidas a mujeres embarazadas, resultando positivas dos, siendo la prevalencia con este grupo de 0.1 por ciento por cada embarazada; tambièn se hicieron 2334 a la poblaciòn abierta, de las cuales resultaron positivos 32, por lo que la prevalencia es de 1.37 por ciento por cada dos mil. La doctora Sara Edna Carriles Vargas, titular

2 Feb, 2010
Tags: education

Philippines / Knowledge: Survey reveals AIDS misconceptions persist among women

MANILA, Philippines—Years of public awareness campaigns on HIV-AIDS or the Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome have not diminished prevalent misconceptions about the virus or the ailment even among well-educated women, a recent government survey found. The 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) revealed that about two out of three women do not know that the HIV/AIDS virus can not be transmitted by sharing food with an HIV-positive person nor can it be transmitted through mosquito bites. The survey, which was conducted among women 15 to 49 years old, fo

1 Feb, 2010

Brasil / Epidemic: Cresce o número de meninas portadoras do vírus HIV

Há dois anos, para cada dez meninas entre 13 e 19 anos que se descobriam portadoras do vírus HIV, existiam oito meninos.




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