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1 March 2019

The stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV have left some of those living and affected by it disadvantaged when it comes to earning a living. One group that is affected are women.

To address gender and socio-economic disparities and socio-health determinants among women living with HIV, the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) is organising a fundraising gala dinner dubbed “#GirlPower” in conjunction with the International Women’s Day on March 8.

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4 March 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated N$240 million with a view to reduce new HIV infections amongst young women and adolescent girls in Namibia, African Daily Voice has learnt.

According to The Namibian, USAID’s Country Representative, Randy Kolstad, the Determination, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS), provides solutions that go beyond traditional health services to address risk factors including dropping out of school, social isolation, economic disadvantage and gender-based violence (GBV).

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29 January 2019

Adolescent girls exposed to severe drought conditions in rural Lesotho had higher rates of HIV, according to a new study led by researchers at ICAP at Columbia University, a global health organization based at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and from the Lesotho Ministry of Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adolescent girls and young women in rural areas of drought were also more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors, including sex work, and were more likely to drop out of school. The findings are published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

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2 February 2019

The minimum age of consent for sexual relations in Tanzania is 18 years. With teenage girls increasingly being infected with HIV, Section 431 of the Tanzania HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act will be revised to allow adolescent girls, aged 15 years and older, to undergo testing. 

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5 February 2019

People living with HIV in Canada can be charged with aggravated sexual assault and be registered as sexual offenders if they do not disclose their HIV status, but many women living with HIV have little knowledge of this law, according to a recent qualitative study. The law contributes to increased HIV-related stigma, social injustices and vulnerability to violence for women living with HIV, argue Dr Saara Greene and colleagues.

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5 February 2019

The Ambassador of the United States of America to Namibia, Lisa Johnson recently inspired young women to realise their full potential through the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free Mentored and Safe (Dreams) project, an evidence-based programme intended to reduce new HIV infections among teens and young women. 

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1 December 2018

By Magalie Nelson, Senior Health Advisor at Plan International Canada

HIV is on the rise for women around the world. Every week, 7,000 women are diagnosed with a positive status, and in 2016 women made up 52 per cent of all people living with HIV.

While adopting safer-sex practices remains one of the most common ways to prevent HIV, the solution is not that simple. When it comes to women, gender inequality and unbalanced power relations are the real drivers of transmission, requiring us to look at HIV among women from a social rather than a purely health-based lens.

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11 December 2018

Around the world, more than half of individuals living with HIV are women. Young women are twice as likely as young men their age to contract HIV. Among 15- to 19-year-olds in sub-Saharan Africa, girls account for 3 of every 4 new infections. As a direct result, complications related to HIV are the leading cause of death among women ages 30 to 49.

HIV passes more easily from a man to a woman than the other way around. But the risk isn’t explained through biology alone. The spread of HIV reflects the vulnerabilities and inequalities of what it means to live as a woman today.

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29 November 2018

The world has cut the number of AIDS-related deaths in half since the peak in 2005. But in many countries, HIV infections remain extremely high among key populations and among adolescent girls and young women. Globally, nearly 1,000 girls and young women are infected with HIV every day.

In South Africa, the country hardest hit by the HIV epidemic, girls aged 15-19 are eight times more likely to be living with HIV than boys their age. 

On this World AIDS Day, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria put a spotlight on South African teens like Zandile, Sinazo, Axola, Carol, and Mivuyo – young women growing up at the epicenter of the HIV epidemic.

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1 December 2018

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first World AIDS Day. Thirty years of activism and solidarity under the banner of World AIDS Day. Thirty years of campaigning for universal access to life-saving services to treat and prevent HIV. But after 30 years, AIDS is still not over. We have miles to go.

World AIDS Day is a day to remember the millions of people who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses, many of whom died because they couldn’t access HIV services, because of stigma, because of discrimination and because of criminalization of key populations.

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