science and research
The long term response to AIDS depends on progress in HIV research. All aspects are needed from understanding the basic biology of HIV, developing effective therapies to treat HIV-related disease, understanding the determinants of HIV transmission, and evaluating the effectiveness of a variety of approaches to preventing new infections, including biomedical approaches such as microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis, HIV Vaccines, male circumcision and condoms. The best hope for ending the epidemic lies in a vaccine. However, developing one presents enormous challenges as the virus mutates rapidly. This quest for a vaccine, still many years away, should not overshadow the tremendous achievements and discoveries by scientists to date.
2007 saw an important landmark in the history of HIV prevention – the finding that male circumcision reduces the risk of men acquiring HIV infection by approximately 60%. This was based on the results of three controlled trials in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya. Thanks to this research, the efficacy of male circumcision in reducing female to male transmission of HIV has been proven beyond reasonable doubt.
In addition, important work in the development of microbicides—a vaginal gel to protect from HIV infection— will enable women to have greater control to protect themselves from HIV infection.
Continued funding for scientific research and development for AIDS is vital.
The latest from the GCWA
27 Aug, 2013|
27 Aug, 2013|
click here to access the document: GCWA post-2015 global development priorities.pdf
27 Jun, 2013|
The GCWA welcomes the increasing commitment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to women’s rights and gender equality. To access the update click here: GCWA update on Global Fund new funding model.pdf
27 Jun, 2013|
GCWA Global Fund Update
6 Feb, 2012|
To access the document, click here/Чтобы получить доступ к документу нажмите здесь: Harm Reduction Brief (2012) Russian.pdf
30 Nov, 2011|
28 Nov, 2011|
The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA), the International Network of Women who Use Drugs (INWUD), and the Women’s Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN) are pleased to present a new issue brief regarding women who use drugs on HIV, harm reduction and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
7 Oct, 2011|
Launch of the Young Women's Leadership Initiative at the IAS
24 Aug, 2011|
What Works for Women and Girls: Evidence for HIV/AIDS Interventions, now available at www.whatworksforwomen.org, is a comprehensive review of successful HIV programming for women and girls spanning data from more than 2,000 scientific articles and reports in nearly 100 countries. Published by the Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program, this valuable resource provides a centralized, searchable location for policymakers, donors, and program planners to review evidence of effective gender-specific programming. With scarce resources for HIV and AIDS programs—and a gro
28 Jul, 2011|
Geneva / women's rights and HIV: Report back on the GCWA session at the 2011 International AIDS Society Conference
The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) engaged at the 6th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Care, which took place in Rome from 17-20 July 2011. It was a great success and we would like to share our feedback from our activities there! Working in partnership with the ATHENA Network, WECARE+ and the Salamander Trust, the GCWA sought to ensure the meaningful participation of women, in particular young women living with HIV and in all their diversities, throughout the conference.