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  • More young Australian women contract HIV on overseas trips, say counsellors

    Increasing numbers of young Australian women travelling overseas during their gap year or for working holidays are contracting HIV, frontline sexual health workers say, prompting them to call for targeted awareness campaigns. The chief executive of the HIV support organisation Living Positive Victoria, Brent Allan, has been working in HIV and AIDS advocacy since the early 1990s and said he is encountering more women who have contracted the virus overseas.

    26 June 2014 | The Guardian
  • PrEPared to Fight: A Woman-Centered Approach to HIV Prevention

    In 2000, Poppy Hillsborough* entered an office at San Francisco General Hospital with babies on her mind. Her boyfriend, Ted Morgan,* has HIV, and she wanted to know if she could have children with him without adopting or using expensive reproductive technology. If she thought of HIV medications at all, it was because they were keeping Morgan healthy. As far as Hillsborough was concerned, babies and meds were two different issues.

    19 June 2014 | BETA blog
  • Responding to sexual violence in armed conflict

    The global community has called for an end to rape in wartime, but the crime is less understood than typically acknowledged, and addressing it will demand local interventions.

    13 June 2014 | The Lancet
  • Marriage a Barrier to ARV treatment for Swazi Women (part two of a series on Option B+)

    This is the second in a three-part series of about women and Option B+ in Africa. "Although Swazi women have better health-seeking behaviour than men, they find it hard to deal with HIV because of socio-cultural barriers, says the study. Many HIV positive married women live in a dilemma between obeying their husbands or following the advice of the health workers."

    05 June 2014 | IPS
  • Uganda's struggle with schistosomiasis

    Efforts are underway to rid Uganda of the scourge of schistosomiasis but provision of clean water and good sanitation lags behind treatment efforts. The disease is linked to increased infection rates of HIV among girls.

    16 May 2014 | The Lancet
  • SOUTH AFRICA: HIV+ Women Sue for Forced Sterilisation

    More than a dozen HIV-positive Durban women are suing the provincial health department after they allege they were “forcibly” sterilised. An HIV-positive Gauteng woman recently won her case against that province’s health department and was awarded close to R500 000.

    01 May 2014 | Independent Online
  • Malawi to prioritise gender-based messages in response to HIV and TB

    A new civil society charter to tackle HIV and TB is prioritising gender-based messages to help change people’s behaviour.

    24 April 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective in HIV Patients

    Vaccines against cervical cancer work well even in sexually active women with H.I.V., a new study has found. It also found that women who already have one or two strains of the cancer-causing virus can be protected against others.

    22 April 2014 | New York Times
  • South Africa: Gauteng pays after forced sterilisation for HIV-positive woman

    The Gauteng health department has agreed to pay almost half-a-million rand to an HIV-positive woman after she was coercively sterilised.

    14 April 2014 | Mail & Guardian
  • The maternal mental health of migrant women

    Pregnant and early postnatal migrant women are a heterogeneous and far more diverse population group than has previously been experienced. Migrant women experiencing maternal mental health related illnesses face practical barriers and cultural factors which may prevent them from seeking help.

    14 March 2014 | Better Health
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