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  • South Africa: Gauteng pays after forced sterilisation for HIV-positive woman

    The Gauteng health department has agreed to pay almost half-a-million rand to an HIV-positive woman after she was coercively sterilised.

    14 April 2014 | Mail & Guardian
  • The maternal mental health of migrant women

    Pregnant and early postnatal migrant women are a heterogeneous and far more diverse population group than has previously been experienced. Migrant women experiencing maternal mental health related illnesses face practical barriers and cultural factors which may prevent them from seeking help.

    14 March 2014 | Better Health
  • Uniting against violence and HIV

    “Not only is violence against women an extreme human rights violation, it also makes women more vulnerable to HIV infection,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Post-2015 is the opportunity to ensure all women and girls reach their full potential, without the threat of violence or risk of HIV infection.”

    13 March 2014 | UNAIDS (press release)
  • Women and PrEP: A Q&A with Dr. Judy Auerbach

    To understand how women in the United States view daily oral PrEP and its relevance to their lives, Dr. Judy Auerbach and colleagues are conducting qualitative research with American women. Dr. Auerbach sat down with BETA at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections to share updates on this research and offer her take on PrEP for U.S. women.

    11 March 2014 | BETA blog
  • Dangerous Combo: Violence in Pregnancy and HIV in South Africa

    An estimated one in four South African women experience intimate partner violence in the 12 months leading up to childbirth. A major risk factor for violence is HIV infection.

    10 March 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • HIV Independently Predicts Cardiovascular Disease in US Women

    HIV infection--independently of classic risk factors--nearly tripled the risk of cardiovascular disease in a study of more than 2000 women in the US Veterans Aging Cohort Study [1]. Higher heart disease risk with versus without HIV held true regardless of CD4 count. But women with a viral load below 500 copies did not have a higher cardiovascular disease risk than women without HIV, whereas women with a viral load above 500 copies did.

    07 March 2014 | NATAP
  • Study comparing injectable contraceptives DMPA and NET-EN finds HIV risk higher with DMPA

    Women who used an injectable contraceptive called DMPA were more likely to acquire HIV than women using a similar product called NET-EN, according to a secondary analysis of data from a large HIV prevention trial called VOICE. The new analysis, conducted by researchers from the NIH-funded Microbicide Trials Network, is the first head-to-head observational study to directly compare differences in HIV risk between users of DMPA and NET-EN.

    04 March 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Emmerdale spoilers: Val is diagnosed HIV positive

    Emmerdale's series producer Kate Oates said recently: "It's about HIV in a straight, middle-aged white married woman, which is not a story that I think soap has tackled yet."

    11 February 2014 | Radio Times
  • Kenya’s Journey Towards Zero New HIV Infections Falters

    Wakonyo and her baby benefitted from Kenya’s successful drive to extend PMTCT, which nearly halved new infections among children between 2009 and 2011. But, worryingly, the drive is losing impetus. PMTCT coverage fell by 20 percent in 2011-2012, says the Progress Report 2013 of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

    29 January 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • Study Links Intimate Partner Violence, Risk of HIV

    Researchers from The Miriam Hospital and the University of Rochester have found a definitive link between violence among intimate partners and an increased risk of HIV infection. The study is online in the journal Women & Health.

    24 January 2014 | Science Daily
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