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West and southern Africa study reveals significantly higher levels of binge drinking among people living with HIV than the general population.
Women who survived the war in Northern Uganda are almost twice as likely to be living with HIV compared to their male peers, and are also disproportionately impacted by trauma and depression, reveals new research.
Study finds that the risk of physical intimate partner violence (IPV) is reduced by giving regular cash payments to poor girls, but HIV infection rates are not affected.
New study finds strong links between PrEP disruptions and intimate partner violence in Kenya and Uganda. Combined interventions could be key to improving adherence and linking victims to support services.
“As I was developing into adulthood I started looking at a wide range of online media platforms searching for information on HIV prevention services and where l could access them. I just had a feeling that when I visited the nearest health facility the service providers might eavesdrop the service which I wanted to access.”
Ndaula Hamidu, 24, was born with HIV and is now an advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and services, including family planning – issues he says concern young men as well as young women.
Strong rights-based approach needed to end AIDS, but new UNAIDS stratergy makes only fleeting reference to female genital mutilation and child marriage
A community project in Uganda involving a combination of different behavioural interventions has been shown to significantly reduce incidence of intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV among individuals exposed to the interventions. The Safe Homes and Respect for Everyone (SHARE) project used community based interventions to reduce physical and sexual IPV, and reduce HIV incidence in the Rakai District of Uganda – an area characterised by high rates of HIV prevalence and incidence, and relatively high rates of IPV.
Social support in the form of financial assistance and the provision of material goods and services has been associated with reduced rates of depression among people living with HIV (PLHIV) and on antiretroviral treatment (ART). A recent study in rural South Africa, found that this type of ‘instrumental’ social support is more effective than ‘emotional’ social support at reducing rates of depression.
Access to midwife services are woefully inadequate across 73 low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, despite these countries being home to 96 percent of global maternal and newborn deaths. These findings were published this week in the UNFPA State of the World’s Midwifery 2014: a universal pathway, a woman’s right to health report, and highlight the urgent need for greater investment in midwife services.