Women represent more than half of all people living with HIV worldwide. The combination of social and political inequalities, lack of access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and severe poverty renders women and girls disproportionately vulnerable to the virus. Despite this, there are few programs aimed at curbing the pandemic's spread that accurately reflect the realities of women's lives. Additionally, the same factors that make women vulnerable to HIV put them at risk for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common STI in the world and a cause of cervical cancer.
Browse our resources on HIV/AIDS and STIs below.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 10 November 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 27 October 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 25 October 2004
Summary: Delivered by Adrienne Germain, President, IWHC, at "AIDS in India," Asia Society, San Francisco, CA (5 pages).
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionFriday, 01 October 2004
Summary: By Adrienne Germain (Our Planet Magazine, October 2004). Explains why empowering women is the key to solving a range of global health, development, and environmental challenges, reviews commitments made on improving women's health and advancing women's rights at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD, Cairo, 1994) and summarizes achievements made in the last decade.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 16 August 2004
Written By Whitney WelshimerTuesday, 01 June 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 10 May 2004
Newsweek, May 10, 2004
By Kati MartonWomen suffer countless disadvantages compared with men. Even after decades of progress, we make up two thirds of the world's 880 million illiterate adults, and up to 70 percent of its poorest citizens. But health remains the cruelest of all inequalities. Click here to read the full text of the article.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 30 March 2004
Summary: The following speech about the HIV/AIDS pandemic's devastating impact on women was delivered by Stephen Lewis, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, at the Microbicides 2004 conference in London, on March 30, 2004. For more information about the conference, please visitwww.microbicides2004.org.uk (5 pages).
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 20 November 2003By Cynthia Rothschild
American Sexuality Magazine, Volume 1, No. 6
Summary: Discusses the Bush administration's determination to promote abstinence programs in lieu of comprehensive sexuality education both domestically and internationally, and analyzes abstinence programs from a human rights perspective.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 15 October 2003
The New York Times, October 15, 2003
In August, the United States Agency for International Development abruptly canceled bids for a program to market condoms to gay men and others in Brazil. When the decision was criticized publicly, the agency reinstated most of the program. This was the right choice. Preventing the spread of AIDS means working with the groups most at risk.
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