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.)...

    From: Resources

  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • Why are black and minority ethnic girls less likely to get the HPV jab? (Video)

    The HPV - or Human Papilloma Virus - vaccine is available to year 8 and 9 schoolgirls across Britain. But not all of them get the jab. Girls from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are less likely to receive the vaccine in school than their white counterparts.

    04 March 2019 | BBC
  • From despair to hope: Journey of a young woman born infected with HIV

    Masedi Kewamodino was just ten years old when she found out she was infected with HIV: “I had been on treatment for some time and I kept on questioning why I was on medication. My aunt then took me to the clinic and a counsellor broke the news to me.” Like many of her peers in Botswana, Masedi, now 23, was born HIV positive. Ms. Kewamodimo was part of a group of young people consulted during the development of Botswana’s National HIV Packages for young people.

    04 March 2019 | UNFPA
  • Stories of African-American women aging with HIV: 'My life wasn’t what I hoped it to be'

    African-American women aging with HIV often have histories of abuse and trauma, in addition to other medical conditions. Here, a few share their stories.

    24 February 2019 | The Conversation
  • REACH trial comparing vaginal ring to PrEP for HIV prevention begins

    The NIH announced the start of a clinical trial that will explore the preference among adolescent girls and young women between pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and a vaginal ring for HIV prevention.

    24 February 2019 | Healio
  • African-American women with HIV often overlooked, under-supported

    More people than ever are living with HIV, but people may overlook the fact that many of these long-term survivors are African-American women.

    24 February 2019 | The Conversation
  • Eradicating HIV in Black Communities Requires Systemic Change

    If left unacknowledged, persistent racial and gender disparities in HIV transmission and treatment will continue to thwart any effort to curtail the pandemic.

    16 February 2019 | Rewire.News
  • ‘Gag rule’ threatens to restrict women’s access to a highly effective HIV therapy

    As we wait for more evidence about the safety of dolutegravir during pregnancy, the solution is simple: ensure that women living with HIV have access to contraception so they can benefit from this medication. But that has become an often-insurmountable problem due to the global gag rule.

    11 February 2019 | STAT
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