Scientists now believe an HIV-vaccine that works could be just ten years away; the state of Georgia is adopting a “treatment as prevention” strategy; and the popular anti-baldness medicine, Propecia, has been found to have sexual side effects that last long after men stop taking the drug.
It is critical that the barriers facing women in relation to accessing supportive peri-natal services are fully understood and addressed including structural drivers such as poverty, gender-based violence from partners, in-laws and neighbours, and property and inheritance rights loss. If we do not address these issues, we can not “save the babies.”
Greece has been in the news for prosecuting HIV positive sex workers and posting the women’s photographs on the Internet. The Greek health authorities and many other governments and local authorities that have taken similar actions against sex workers have both the human rights and the public health very wrong.
HIV-positive women—like all women worldwide—have the right to decide when and if to have children. At a minimum, non-biased pregnancy options counseling and referrals to safe abortion and/or post-abortion care services should be part of comprehensive SRH services provided to HIV-positive (and all) women.
While some had hoped this weekend’s meeting would build on recent comments about condoms from the pope, Vatican officials toed the line and emphasized chastity and behavior change.
This weekend the Vatican is hostings a symposium on preventing HIV and caring for those living with the virus. Advocates are hoping that the Vatican will use this opportunity to build on the pope’s recent comments regarding condoms.
The Nebraska legislature is working on a law that would make it a crime to assault a public safety officer with bodily fluids but it’s based on inaccurate information about HIV transmission.
Today’s bully, or let’s say one of them because there are so many to deal with each day, is Representative Bob Latta, Republican from the 5th District in Ohio. Mr. Latta has introduced an amendment to the GOP’s proposed Continuing Resolution that would eliminate all funding for international family planning. It could be voted on today.
Long-awaited results were released today in the New England Journal of Medicine of a study on the effectiveness of a single daily tablet for preventing HIV transmission among those at high risk of infection.
Proof that PrEP works – that there is, literally, a pill can help to prevent HIV — is an extraordinary breakthrough, as was the news received last summer that an effective vaginal microbicide had been identified. But what does a study focused on people engaging in rectal-penile sex have to do with women and their reproductive health? There are many ways to answer that question — some of them cause for celebration and some reasons for real concern.