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Ending HIV in Children Is Way Off Target – Where to Focus Action Now

Ending HIV in Children Is Way Off Target – Where to Focus Action Now

World leaders have recently, under the auspices of the United Nations, renewed their commitment to ending AIDS. The new phase offers much-needed hope for the future, provided the commitments made are fulfilled. The adopted political declaration and its recommendations offer strategies for ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV and paediatric AIDS. They also address inequalities faced […]

Stigma Against Women With HIV in Swaziland Rife, Human Rights

Stigma Against Women With HIV in Swaziland Rife, Human Rights

The stigma faced by people with HIV in Swaziland (eSwatini) continues to be widespread with a particularly damning effect upon women and girls, according to a submission to a United Nations group’s investigation into human rights in the kingdom. ‘It can affect the number of women and girls seeking treatment,’ the Birmingham City University, School […]

Are COVID-19 Vaccines Safe For People Living With HIV?

Are COVID-19 Vaccines Safe For People Living With HIV?

As the first COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out around the world, HIV/AIDS experts and advocates have sought to reassure those living with HIV that they can safely get the coronavirus vaccination. Some countries have recommended that HIV-positive people should be given priority for vaccination against COVID-19 once the most at-risk groups – the elderly and […]

Fears Of HIV Spike In Jamaica As Pandemic Hits Prevention Efforts

Fears Of HIV Spike In Jamaica As Pandemic Hits Prevention Efforts

For about a month, John was woken by bad dreams, a side effect of missing his antiretroviral medication from late May, when he was unable to collect his prescription drugs due to COVID-19. John, 32, works in the liquor industry and has lived with HIV for 14 years. This has compromised his immune system, so […]

Coronavirus Lockdowns Seen Increasing HIV Risk To Women And Girls

Coronavirus Lockdowns Seen Increasing HIV Risk To Women And Girls

Coronavirus lockdowns have hindered the fight against HIV infection in women and girls globally by limiting their access to education and protection from sexual violence, the United Nations warned on Monday. Governments’ focus on tackling the pandemic has also shifted attention and resources away from protecting vulnerable populations from HIV, according to a study by the Joint […]

Discrimination Against HIV Positive Women At Heart of Forced Sterilisation

Discrimination Against HIV Positive Women At Heart of Forced Sterilisation

On 24 February, the Commission for Gender Equality launched its investigative report on the forced sterilisation of women at KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng hospitals. Among numerous horrendous revelations, the report brought to light inadequacies in the country’s healthcare process to obtaining patients’ consent. In March 2015, Her Rights Initiative and International Community of Women Living with […]

Women Living With HIV Twice As Many As Men

Women Living With HIV Twice As Many As Men

About 1.3 million adults in Kenya are living with HIV/Aids, an estimated 4.9 per cent of those aged between 15 to 64 years old, according to a new survey. The HIV prevalence was found to be highest among women, at 6.6 per cent, compared to men at 3.1 per cent. The findings of the Kenya […]

The Sex Workers On the Frontlines Of The HIV Response In Malawi

The Sex Workers On the Frontlines Of The HIV Response In Malawi

An MSF programme in four districts in southern Malawi is helping thousands of women who earn their living from sex work to overcome barriers to health services, in part by training and employing sex workers as health workers in their communities. Names have been changed, unless otherwise indicated. Bernadette lost both her parents when she […]

Over Half Of Sex Workers In Zimbabwe Are HIV Positive -UN

Over Half Of Sex Workers In Zimbabwe Are HIV Positive -UN

At least 50 percent of sex workers in Zimbabwe are carrying the deadly HIV virus, a United Nations report has revealed. According to the report, at least 90% of sex workers in Southern Africa are female, although selling sex is also common among men who have sex with men and transgender people.  “More than half […]

Red Alert : Over 27,000 Pregnant Women Are Living With HIV In Angola

Red Alert : Over 27,000 Pregnant Women Are Living With HIV In Angola

 Nearly 27,000 pregnant women, out of 310,000 living with HIV in Angola, are HIV-positive, according to estimates by 2017 of the National Institute for the Fight against Aids (INLS). Journalists present at the launch of the HIV-AIDS vertical prevention campaign to be held in Moxico by the first lady. The Director of the Institute, Lucia […]

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