Women Still Bear the Brunt

The global gender gap is shrinking when it comes to education and political influence—and HIV treatment now reaches 13 million women aged 15 years and over,ReliefWeb reports.
But 40 years into response efforts, AIDS remains the top killer of women aged 15-49, according to a UNAIDS report marking International Women’s Day and 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

It offers some sobering statistics: Every week, some 6,000 15-24 year-old women acquire HIV. In 2019, 105 of 142 countries required parental consent for under-18s to get an HIV test.
What action is needed now?

  • Address intimate partner violence, associated with a 50% increase in a woman’s risk of contracting HIV.

  • Comprehensive, adolescent-friendly sexuality education

  • Prioritize prevention: In Lesotho, a comprehensive program saw infections drop 41% among women and girls.
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