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Every day, in many homes, women are beaten and abused. Far too many die. Violence against women is not only widespread-it is often fatal. Although the most common form of violence against women is domestic violence, women and girls face abuse and violence at every stage of their life. Violence against women is an extreme manifestation of gender inequality and human rights violation. It is a global problem, deeply ingrained in societies and has serious impacts on women's health and well-being.
HIV-infected women who start antiretroviral treatment during pregnancy have similar or better immunological outcomes in the first two and a half years on treatment as non-pregnant women as well as men in the MTCT-Plus Initiative covering seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Thailand from 2003-2006 reported Patricia Toro and colleagues in the journal AIDS. The authors also noted lower mortality rates as well as high retention in care for all patients starting antiretroviral treatment when compared to other multi-site studies in similar settings. These findings lend further support to the
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