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A coalition of African women are calling on governments to fully address cultural and traditional practices that continue to put women and girls at greater risk of HIV. Tendayi Kateketa-Westerhof, Pan-African Positive Women’s Coalition (PAPWC) representative for Southern Africa and Indian Oceans Islands, said African countries should look at more innovative ways to finance the response, particularly as donor funds are decreasing, while the need to prioritise sexual minorities and other key populations, which include, women and girls, in the HIV response is increasing. “Shared responsibility c
Development of a draft global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health system within a national multisectoral response to address interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children Resolution WHA67.15 adopted at last year's World Health Assembly requested the Director-General to “develop, with the full participation of Member States, and in consultation with United Nations organizations, and other relevant stakeholders focusing on the role of the health system, as appropriate, a draft global plan of action to strengthen the role of the
They're not just living with hiv. They're also living with the stigma of hiv. According to the World Health Organization, at the end of 2013 close to 35 million peoplewere living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Thankfully, numerous medical advancements now allow people with the virus to continue living normal, happy lives. But there are still tons of people who are confused about how the virus is transmitted.
Campanha do 'Grupo de Incentivo à Vida' contra discriminação de soropositivos publica vídeo com reação de pessoas a cartazes com gotas de sangue contaminado Uma gota de sangue e a mensagem: "Eu sou um cartaz HIV positivo" A reação em São Paulo a um cartaz ocupou as redes sociais na semana passada.
Impact of Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence on CD4+ and CD8+ T Cell Decay in HIV Infected Women: Longitudinal Study
This research article shows that in a sample of young ART-naive HIV positive women, gender-based violence exposure in the form of emotional abuse was associated with a faster rate of decline in markers of cellular immunity and progression of HIV disease. This study is one of the first to provide evidence of an impact of gender-based violence on cellular immunity in HIV positive women. It highlights the importance of attending to emotional abuse when studying the physiological impact of intimate partner violence experience and the mechanisms of its impact on women’s health.
Sex workers remain among the populations most affected by the HIV epidemic. According to UNAIDS, in low and middle income countries, the average HIV prevalence among sex workers is estimated to be approximately 12%, and in 110 countries with available data, the prevalence of HIV infection is almost 12 times higher among sex workers than for the populations as a whole.
Violence, social exclusion, limited access to opportunities and the systematic violations of their human rights, make transgender people one of the populations most affected by the HIV epidemic. The chance of acquiring HIV is up to 49 times higher in transgender women than for all adults of reproductive age (Baral et al, 2013). There have been positive moves and actions being undertaken to address the urgent needs of transgender women.
Indonesia has a relatively fast growing HIV epidemic. According to UNAIDS 2013 data, of the 640,000 people living with HIV throughout Indonesia, 240,000 were women, aged 15 years and older. While women represent just over a third of people living with HIV in Indonesia, they encounter particular challenges, including violence and discrimination, when it comes to accessing HIV and sexual and reproductive health care, as well as in exercising their rights. It is to address these challenges that the Indonesian Positive Women’s Network was established in 2006.
Did you know… That a new development framework of global priorities is being developed? This provides us all, as women’s rights, gender equality and HIV advocates with an opportunity to make sure these issues are among the global priorities. Global goals will be set… The development framework will be composed of a series of Sustainable Development Goals, also known as SDGs.
June 2 marks the anniversary of the 1975 occupation of Église Saint-Nizier in Lyon by more than a hundred sex workers. Today, June 2 is recognized as the International Day for Sex Workers, in support of the continued fight to ensure that sex workers’ lives, bodies, and work is respected. The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) and its membership stand in solidarity with sex workers in their continued demand for the recognition of fundamental labour, social and economic and human rights. In the context of HIV, the rights and empowerment of sex workers are integral to the response.
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