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  • The Women Who Fought AIDS: 'It Was Never Not Our Battle'

    AIDS is perceived as a "gay man's disease," but lesbians were deeply committed to fighting it as well.

    01 September 2015 | Broadly
  • Canada: New study finds majority of women living with HIV who also inject drugs face legal obligation to disclose HIV status to sexual partners

    A new study presented to the IAS conference in Vancouver, Canada found that 44 per cent of women within a research cohort of people who use injection drugs living with HIV in Vancouver would be legally obligated to disclose their HIV status to their sexual partners. Within the study, 65 per cent of male participants compared with only 45 percent of female participants satisfied the Supreme Court of Canada’s legal test for HIV non-disclosure. This says that people living with HIV must disclose their HIV status to a partner before sexual activity unless both a condom is used and a low HIV viral load is present.

    26 August 2015 | HIV Justice Network
  • Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over their Condition

    Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV-infected women, when they have the opportunity to manage their infection, prevent transmission to their new baby and enter a long-term pattern of maintenance of HIV care after giving birth—but most HIV-infected women aren’t getting that chance. That is the major message from a pair of new studies in Philadelphia, one published early online this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and the other published in July in PLOS ONE.

    26 August 2015 | Drexel Now
  • PrEPosterous gender health inequality?

    PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) is a highly effective “game changer". Women should get excited right? Well, perhaps not – it’s not yet clear if we’ll get our hands on it.

    20 August 2015 | NAT
  • 'HIV gel' effective against herpes

    A microbicide gel initially intended to offer protection against HIV has been found to be effective against herpes. Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in South Africa. In the latest study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) showed that Tenofovir gel halved the risk of developing herpes simplex virus type 2 – a virus that is a leading cause of genital ulcers.

    13 August 2015 | Independent Online (South Africa)
  • Study sheds light on how tenofovir is processed in different body tissues

    The findings have implications for the effectiveness of tenofovir for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Genetic variation might explain some cases of PrEP failure.

    17 July 2015 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • The sexual and reproductive health issue you’ve probably never heard of….

    Why is one of the most common gynaecological conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, schistosomiasis, misunderstood, under-researched and under-reported? It is a significant risk factor for HIV acquisition in women.

    06 July 2015 | 50.50
  • More secondary schooling reduces HIV risk

    Longer secondary schooling substantially reduces the risk of HIV infection -- especially for girls -- and could be a very cost-effective way to halt the spread of the virus, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In a study in Botswana, researchers found that, for each additional year of secondary school, students lowered their risk of HIV infection by 8 percentage points about a decade later, from 25 percent to about 17 percent infected.

    29 June 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • South Africa: Almost 10 percent of HIV-positive women report forced sterilisation

    South Africa’s first national HIV stigma index has found that seven percent of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will and about 40 percent reported contraception was a pre-requisite of accessing antiretrovirals (ARVs).

    10 June 2015 | Health-e
  • When Sex Ed Discusses Gender Inequality, Sex Gets Safer

    A new study shows a "striking" difference in effectiveness between programs that address gender and power, and those that don't.

    01 June 2015 | The Atlantic
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