Women and HIV

It is a grim fact that it will be impossible to eliminate new HIV infections across Asia unless the unique needs and perspectives of women and girls are attended to, a fact that the male-dominated medical profession often ignores. With more and more women falling prey to the disease, the HIV epidemic increasingly has a female face and it is young girls in the age group of 12-20 years who most need better prevention and protection, Mitchell Warren, Executive Director of AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, told CNS in an interview. There are now 35,000 women living with HIV in Cambodia, 81,000 in Myanmar, 88,000 in Indonesia and 210,000 in Thailand, according to World Health Organization statistics.

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