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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."

Published
19 May 2016
From
VICE
In Option B+, side-effects and needing time to think are key reasons for not taking HIV medication

A qualitative study of women in Malawi who chose not to take HIV treatment as part of the country’s Option B+ programme, or who interrupted their treatment,

Published
19 May 2016
By
Roger Pebody
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.

Published
11 May 2016
From
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.

Published
10 May 2016
From
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.

Published
03 May 2016
From
ThinkProgress
ART use doesn't increase sexual risk among people with HIV in the UK

Taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) is not associated with an increased risk of condomless sex with HIV-negative/unknown status partners – sex that potentially involves a risk of transmission  –

Published
28 April 2016
By
Michael Carter
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.

Published
27 April 2016
From
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.

Published
25 April 2016
From
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.

Published
13 April 2016
From
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.

Published
08 April 2016
From
Huffington Post
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