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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  • Having a baby

    In the UK, thousands of women with HIV have given birth to healthy babies.Taking anti-HIV drugs during the pregnancy will protect your baby from HIV.If...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • 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
  • 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.)...

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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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  • Game Changers in HIV: Judith Currier

    Meet Judith Currier, M.D., a physician-researcher who paved the way for better treatment options for women living with HIV.

    17 April 2019 | The Body Pro
  • How mass rape in genocide transformed Rwanda's response to AIDS

    Rwanda is this week commemorating the 25th anniversary of a dark chapter of human history: a time when extremist ethnic Hutus slaughtered more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus - one tenth of the population - over three months. About 250,000 mostly Tutsi women were raped by Hutu government soldiers and allied extremist militia. And as a result, about one in four victims contracted the HIV/AIDS virus.

    11 April 2019 | Reuters
  • Avoiding Dolutegravir in Young Women With HIV: Time for a Rethink?

    Total deaths for women with HIV and their children are projected to be lower with dolutegravir-based (Tivicay) antiretroviral therapy (ART) versus efavirenz-based (Sustiva) ART, a model-based analysis found.

    05 April 2019 | MedPage Today
  • 'I finally feel sexually liberated from the stigma associated with HIV'

    Cath's HIV diagnosis cast a shadow over her being able to meet a partner. But now thanks to what's known as U=U she can have sex knowing she has a negligible risk of transmitting the virus. She explains, however the significant hurdle she still has to overcome.

    02 April 2019 | Special Broadcasting Service Australia
  • Ten Black Transgender Women to Watch

    Whether organizing marches and protests, lobbying lawmakers or leading social justice campaigns, Black transgender women are leading the fight for equality and human and civil rights for trans and gender-nonconforming people of color. Here are ten Black trans women nationwide whom other trans women identify as making major moves.

    01 April 2019 | TheBody.com
  • Making the sale: Re-branding the HIV prevention pill for women

    Since the country's national rollout, less than a quarter of people who've started taking PrEP are young women — despite high HIV rates among them.

    01 April 2019 | Bhekisisa
  • Education and HIV incidence among girls in Africa – a strong association but still no evidence of causation

    Education is a critical component of young women’s health and empowerment programmes – but we need to be careful not to assume an immediate direct effect on HIV incidence.

    22 March 2019 | AVERT
  • Pilot study finds HCV treatment safe in pregnancy

    A small pilot study of hepatitis C treatment in pregnant women found that that the treatment was effective in achieving hepatitis C cure and identified no safety concerns associated with treatment, according to findings presented at CROI.

    11 March 2019 | Healio
  • Women Have High Syphilis Rates, Too

    For women in the general population, the incidence of syphilis is at a 20-year high. But for women with HIV — particularly those who inject drugs — the incidence is 330% higher than that, data from a long-term study show. The biggest indicators of syphilis in women are hepatitis C infection and injection drug use. This means that providers should tailor syphilis screening to women with indicators of injection drug use, particularly in regions of the country hardest hit by injection drug epidemics.

    11 March 2019 | Medscape (requires free registration)
  • Study to investigate how sexual trauma increases HIV susceptibility in women

    Novel study to investigate how sexual trauma increases HIV susceptibility in women.

    05 March 2019 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

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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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