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  • HIV-positive women with childhood trauma have double the brain trouble

    HIV-positive women who have endured a trauma such as emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or neglect earlier in their lives are more likely to have trouble remembering, paying attention or multitasking. Parts of their brains are also smaller than women who are only affected by HIV.

    26 May 2016 | The Conversation
  • The Dangerous Silence Around HIV Prevention for Women and Trans People

    "I've been HIV-positive for 25 years," says Juno Roche. "But as far as statistics go, I'm invisible. A few years ago, I noticed one of my prescriptions still had "male" on it. They still had me down as a man who sleeps with men."

    19 May 2016 | VICE
  • If we want to end HIV, TB, and malaria, we need to do more to reduce human rights barriers

    A recent report from UNAIDS said that by 2020, countries should devote 8% of its HIV resources to reducing human rights barriers to accessing services. Currently, less than 1% of Global Fund grant funds is spent on programs to reduce human rights barriers. We have to do more and we have to do it better, says Ralf Jürgens. In this commentary, Ralf describes an intensive effort that the Global Fund is implementing in 15-20 countries, as well as other initiatives the Fund has planned.

    11 May 2016 | Global Fund Observer
  • Health dept in bid to wean girls off sugar daddies - Motsoaledi

    The wide-ranging plan would have five objectives, he said, which include decreasing infections in girls and young women, and decreasing teenage pregnancies. Other objectives were decreasing sexual and gender-based violence and keeping girls in school until matric.

    10 May 2016 | News24
  • HIV-Positive Women in Uganda Are Being Sterilized Against Their Will

    A 2013 report by the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU) found that at least 11 percent of women living with HIV/AIDS were forcibly sterilized. A 2015 report focusing on such coercion from Uganda-based NGO International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA) revealed that forced sterilization and coercion — which includes women being given money and misinformation or being intimidated by a health worker — continues in the country.

    03 May 2016 | ThinkProgress
  • Sub-Saharan women using modern contraceptives more likely to be HIV tested

    Women in sub-Saharan Africa who use modern contraceptives are more likely to be tested for HIV than those who do not, according to a study published April 25, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Katherine Center from the University of Arizona and colleagues.

    27 April 2016 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Study finds online HIV prevention resources face resistance from black female college students

    New research from North Carolina State University and Pennsylvania State University finds that black female college students were often unlikely to use online resources related to HIV prevention, due to the stigma associated with the disease and concerns that their social network would learn they were accessing HIV-related materials.

    25 April 2016 | Medical Xpress
  • 'Female' Condoms Cost Too Much: A Call for HIV Prevention Equality for Receptive Sex Partners

    What if female condoms cost the same as male condoms? The FC2 (the only female condom brand currently available in the U.S.) typically costs between $2 to $3.50 each, three to four times that of a typical male condom selling commercially for less than $1.

    13 April 2016 | The Body
  • NHS England Decision on PrEP: A Bitter Pill for Women to Swallow

    NHS England's suggested £2 million PrEP programme is only for gay men, excluding any access for women, including trans women. This is part of a sustained pattern - women living with and at risk of acquiring HIV are invisible, marginalised and often ignored.

    08 April 2016 | Huffington Post
  • An important step toward increasing global access to next-generation female condom

    Woman’s Condom achieves WHO/UNFPA prequalification: The Woman’s Condom, a new female condom designed to be easy to use and more acceptable to women and their partners, has been prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO)/United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The approval marks a critical step forward in expanding options for female-initiated dual protection from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

    09 March 2016 | PATH
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