News and information about HIV in women. The heightened vulnerability of women and girls to HIV is closely linked to gendered power relations and social, legal, economic and cultural inequalities.

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  • Other health issues

    As you get older, it’s even more important to regularly attend clinic appointments and stay in touch with your healthcare providers. Your HIV clinic appointments will include...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Bacterial vaginosis

    Women may get bacterial vaginosis when the balance of normal bacteria in their vagina becomes disrupted.It is common and various activities seem to increase the...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Contraception

    Your choice of contraception will depend on your situation and preferences.There are possible interactions between some hormonal contraceptives and some anti-HIV drugs. Your HIV treatment needs to be...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Bone problems and HIV

    When your bones are thinner, a trip or fall can result in a broken bone. Exercise and other lifestyle changes are good for your bones. People aged 50+ and...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Menopause and HIV

    The menopause is a natural part of each woman’s ageing process. Knowing what symptoms to expect during the menopause can help you deal with the experience. Hormone replacement therapy...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Health monitoring during pregnancy

    If a woman has HIV, it is possible for it to be passed on to her baby during pregnancy or delivery, or through breastfeeding. For this reason,...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV and having a baby

    Women living with HIV can give birth without passing on HIV to the baby.Your options for conception will depend on your health and your partner’s...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Having a baby

    Lots of people with HIV have had babies without passing on the infection. To do so, you need some help from your doctor.If you are...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • HIV & women

    The booklet is for women living with HIV. It includes information on wellbeing, HIV treatment, sexual health, contraception and pregnancy....

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV treatment, pregnancy and contraception

    When HIV treatment is used during pregnancy, it protects your health as well as playing an important role in preventing HIV being passed on from you to...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV & Pregnancy

    Personalised information about having a baby. (Smartphone version available.)...

    From: Resources

  • HIV & Contraception

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  • Pregnancy

    Since 1999 it has been routine for pregnant women in the UK to be offered an HIV test. The test was introduced in recognition of...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4
  • Mother-to-child transmission

    HIV can pass from an HIV-positive mother to her child:During pregnancy – the foetus is infected by HIV crossing the placenta.During childbirth – the...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4
  • Women's health issues

    Globally, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among women aged 15 to 49 years. A majority of women acquire HIV as a result of unprotected...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4

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  • Study reveals racial differences in HIV prevention method use

    Black women report higher levels of medical mistrust — hindering their access to an important HIV prevention medication — according to a new study published by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health and George Washington University.

    09 October 2018 | Yale Daily News (blog)
  • Making Clinical Trials of PrEP More Inclusive of Women, No Matter Their Pregnancy Status

    Three new trials of HIV prevention drugs seek to answer directly a question that researchers inside and outside the field of HIV have explicitly avoided for years: How do drugs work -- and are they safe -- in pregnant and breastfeeding women?

    01 October 2018 | The Body Pro
  • Physical Activity Associated With Cognitive Benefits in Women Living With HIV

    Physical activity may protect against cognitive impairment in women living with HIV, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Infectious Disease.

    20 September 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • UNAIDS places official on ‘special leave’

    The UNAIDS Nigeria Country Director’s legal threat against an activist for accusing him of inappropriate behaviour has backfired as the agency places him on ‘special leave’.

    17 September 2018 | Health-e
  • FRESH program combines basic science with social benefits for women at risk of HIV

    A program established by the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard is addressing the persistently elevated risk of HIV infection among young women in South Africa from two angles -- first, investigating biological factors that modulate infection risk and the early immunologic events following viral exposure, and second, alleviating the socioeconomic factors that limit opportunities for young women, the group at greatest risk in the region hit hardest by the HIV epidemic.

    16 September 2018 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Scotland: Women’s group discuss PrEP

    In the first eight months that PrEP was available on the NHS in Scotland, only 10 out of 1,295 people to access the HIV prevention drug were women. Our women’s group in Edinburgh recently met up with Dr Ingrid Young of Edinburgh University, as part of research work to understand the barriers that women face accessing PrEP, and how this access could be widened.

    14 September 2018 | Waverley Care
  • UNAIDS director and HIV activist in legal battle

    Academic and HIV activist Vuyiseka Dubula is being threatened with legal action after accusing a former UNAIDS country director of inappropriate behaviour.

    13 September 2018 | Ground Up
  • As HIV Rates Decline, A Surprising Population Is Seeing A Rise In Diagnoses In Major Cities

    But new efforts to educate at-risk women about a drug that helps protect against the virus could change that.

    05 September 2018 | Huffington Post
  • Sex and the sugar daddy

    In Kenya, more and more young women are using sugar daddies to fund a lifestyle worth posting on social media. Transactional sex was once driven by poverty, says film-maker Nyasha Kadandara. But now, increasingly, it's driven by vanity.

    29 August 2018 | BBC
  • The Myth That PrEP Is Just For Gay Men is Hurting Women

    PrEP has been hailed as a revolutionary drug breakthrough in the prevention of HIV. But UK doctors are still having trouble convincing women it's for them, too.

    24 August 2018 | Broadly
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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