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Rwanda Pilots Universal Access to HIV Prevention Medicine

Rwanda Pilots Universal Access to HIV Prevention Medicine

Rwanda is piloting the possibilities of making HIV-prevention pills-which are currently only accessible to key populations in the country available to. The pilot for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is at its early stage but has reached more than 196 health facilities countrywide, according to Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) PrEP is a pill taken by HIV-negative people […]

More Women Than Men HIV Positive in Nigeria – Report

More Women Than Men HIV Positive in Nigeria – Report

Although the infection rates amongst women increased between 2016-2019, the use of antiretroviral treatment by them declined. A new report has indicated that the percentage of women living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria increased between 2016 and 2019 while that of men decreased within the same period. The result from the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact […]

Women to Take Part in Monthly HIV Pill Trial

Women to Take Part in Monthly HIV Pill Trial

The fight against HIV is set to receive a major boost if the monthly pill, whose trials Kenyan women will participate in, is proven effective. Islatravir pill is taken once per month to prevent HIV transmissions through sex and has been termed as a game-changer if its efficacy is proven. If the results of the […]

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 […]

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