Leaving women out of the conversation, especially those most at risk of acquiring the virus, has real-world implications in terms of how public dollars to prevent and treat HIV are spent. It also further perpetuates a system of care that is not set up to be responsive to women’s needs.
HIV is not a punishment for bad behavior. It’s an illness. And it’s not OK to act like it is a punishment for some crime, even when the “criminal” is a public jackass like Sheen, because that just reinforces the HIV stigma our culture is already swimming in.
San Francisco’s multi-pronged approach to treating and preventing HIV has led to a dramatic change in that city, which was once a hotbed of the national HIV and AIDS epidemic.
A new study found that no one taking pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV became infected over the course of three years. But the rates of other STIs were still high.
Last week, a boy in Colorado picked up a used condom on his school’s playground and put it into his mouth. Though this might not seem like news, media outlets across the country, and even internationally, have focused on his risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.
Because Depo-Provera is an important contraceptive choice and because in many parts of the world, it is the only long-acting, discreet option available to women, it is vital to take the issue of a link between HIV and hormonal contraception quite seriously while adding nuance to the discussion.
Many people living with HIV are often denied the autonomy to freely make decisions about their bodies, relationships, and children—fundamental rights sought by the reproductive justice movement.
An international group of researchers believe they have pinpointed not just where and when the virus emerged in people, but the “perfect storm” that helped it become a worldwide phenomenon that has infected 75 million people to date.
This week, new estimates suggest almost two million cases of chlamydia, there’s more evidence that HIV therapy cannot eradicate the virus in babies, and a study finds that less pubic hair may mean fewer pubic lice—though they won’t be extinct any time soon.
For women in countries and communities with limited contraceptive choices and high rates of HIV, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, a shortage of funding for the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes) trial is an unacceptable development.