Women must be protected from HIV, says UNAIDS

Women must be protected from HIV, says UNAIDS
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Posted on 8 Mar 2019

On International Women’s Day, UNAIDS is urging countries to step up and protect young women and adolescent girls from HIV.

AIDS-related illnesses remain the leading cause of death for women aged 15 to 49 globally. In 2017, 66% of new HIV infections among 10 to 19-year-olds were among females globally.

“There is a vicious cycle of gender inequities, gender-based violence and HIV infection in many parts of the world,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Oppression and power imbalances must be reversed and harmful masculinities addressed in order to ensure that women and girls have full control over their sexual health and rights.”

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