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  • 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.)...

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  • 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
  • Cervical cancer

    Cervical cancer is caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV).Cervical screening tests for changes in cells that can lead to cervical cancer.Treatment for cell...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Bacterial vaginosis

    Bacterial vaginosis may occur when the balance of bacteria in the vagina becomes disrupted. Symptoms include changes to vaginal discharge and a fishy smell.Having bacterial vaginosis increases the risk...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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
  • 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

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  • The living legacy of the Global Plan: eliminating HIV in children

    The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) has released a special supplement on the incredible journey of the Global plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan), which documents the history of the Global Plan and outlines what the future holds as efforts to end AIDS among women, children and adolescents accelerate.

    20 April 2017 | UNAIDS
  • Minority Within A Minority: Women Ageing With HIV

    My research is a three year project, exploring what it is like to be an older women with HIV, how the social and physical experiences of ageing are affected by HIV, and what support exists or is needed to enable older women living with HIV to age well.

    09 March 2017 | Huffington Post
  • Breastfeeding with an undetectable viral load: what do we know?

    Megan DePutter on why undetectable does not equal untransmittable in the case of breastfeeding, but why women should be supported to make an informed choice anyway.

    08 March 2017 | Positive Lite
  • Women at the centre: WHO issues new guidance on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV

    A woman-centred approach to healthcare is one that consciously adopts the perspectives of women, their families and communities. This means that health services see women as active participants in, as well as beneficiaries of, trusted health systems that respond to women’s needs, rights and preferences in humane and holistic ways.

    23 February 2017 | World Health Organization
  • Rape drives HIV and depression

    Sexual violence plays a significant role in HIV infection and depression, according to ground-breaking research with women living in Rustenburg.

    19 February 2017 | Health-e
  • Oral PrEP Works Well in Women With Abnormal Vaginal Microbiota

    This challenges a finding that an anti-HIV vaginal gel might not be effective in women with abnormal vaginal flora.

    16 February 2017 | Poz
  • Trump's 'global gag rule' endangers millions of women and children, says Melinda Gates

    Bill and Melinda Gates warn of dire impact of order that blocks US funding for family planning and health services.

    14 February 2017 | The Guardian
  • UNAIDS calls for all women living with HIV to have timely access to cervical cancer screening

    On World Cancer Day, UNAIDS is calling for all women living with HIV to have access to information about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and to be offered cervical cancer screening and treatment if necessary.

    06 February 2017 | UNAIDS
  • Malawi High Court Affirms Human Rights Approach to Criminalisation of HIV Transmission and Exposure

    The appellant is a woman living with HIV who was convicted of negligently and recklessly doing an act which is “likely to spread the infection of any disease which is dangerous to life” under section 192 of the Malawi Penal Code for accidentally breastfeeding another person’s child. Her conviction and sentence have been overturned and set aside.

    01 February 2017 | Southern African Litigation Centre
  • The Mexico City Policy: An Explainer

    On January 23, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy via presidential memorandum. The policy requires foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning,” using funds from any source (including non-U.S. funds), as a condition for receiving U.S. government global family planning assistance and, as of Jan. 23, 2017, any other U.S. global health assistance.

    24 January 2017 | Kaiser Family Foundation
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Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

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