May 11-17 marks National Women’s Health Week, when women are encouraged to get checkups and health screenings and build relationships with their health-care providers. Meanwhile, a significant source of care for women, infants, children, and youth living with HIV is under attack.
The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman, who was diagnosed previously but stopped receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2010, to her female partner. While rare, this case should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.
In a disturbing trend, women-centered HIV services are being quietly defunded. This means HIV-postive women have fewer places to go for peer support, mental health and other critical services.
Arizona looks at banning race and sex selection abortions, despite the fact that it makes no sense, young women infected with HIV are more likely to become pregnant and have complications, hearings scheduled on the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” and women are a separate species – an unexplainable one at that.
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There were tantalizing hints at this week’s HIV prevention conference that CDC may be ready to seek significant changes in federal prevention policy and programs.
I pray that one day the world will see us no differently than anyone else, and that for once, they can set aside the ignorance, and just accept us for who we are.
A truly gender-based approach to women and HIV/AIDS must approach women and girls both as persons independent of their societal roles and in relation to their multiple roles and needs.
The Ugandan government plans to reintroduce and promote the female condom this fall, where it may give women another tool for safer sex negotiation and protection.
Forbes India today evaluates Avahan, the $258 million Gates Foundation HIV prevention initiative on the ground in India. And the program doesn’t fare well.