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Women for Positive Action: an International Partnership Dedicated to Enhancing the Lives of Women Living with HIV

March 3, 2010

LONDON, March 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — To mark International Women’s Day
(March 8, 2010) Women for Positive Action are launching a series of tools to
raise awareness of the challenges facing women living with HIV/AIDS today.
Women for Positive Action (WFPA) is led by a broad coalition of healthcare
professionals, women living with HIV and community representatives from
Europe, Canada and Latin America. This global initiative aims to support
health care professionals and women living with HIV through the provision of
resources, which are available for download, in English and Spanish, at
http://www.womenforpositiveaction.org.

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“Women living with HIV face many challenges as a consequence of their
disease and its treatment including depression, guilt, isolation,
discrimination and body image concerns” said Sharon Walmsley, Director of HIV
Clinical Research, University of Toronto, Canada, “The new WFPA resources
will encourage education and stimulate communication between women with HIV
and those who care for them”. The educational resources include information
on current best practices and research, in addition to informative case
studies.

WFPA brings together a unique combination of those involved in the care
of women living with HIV with the first-hand perspectives of those living
with HIV themselves. Ophelia Haanyama 0rum, Senior Advisor, Global
Partnerships on HIV and AIDS, Noah’s Ark Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden added
“The women living with HIV represented in the WFPA initiative welcome the
opportunity to incorporate our experiences and expertise into health and
social care solutions for women everywhere who are affected by HIV.” The
group aims to empower, educate and support the needs of women living with
HIV, their healthcare professionals and community advocates involved in their
care.

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is ‘Equal rights, equal
opportunities: Progress for all’, and provides the ideal opportunity to
consider the unique impact of HIV on women. Understanding the effect of the
disease is a key step in improving the lives of women and working towards
bridging gender inequalities in HIV.

Globally an estimated 33 million people are living with HIV. Women make
up about 50% of HIV cases and a higher proportion of new diagnoses compared
with men. This means that the share of HIV infection among women is
increasing in several countries. Young women, in sub-Saharan Africa, aged
15-24 are three to four times more likely to become infected than young men
(UNAIDS, 2009). The most common mode of infection is by heterosexual
transmission and most women with HIV are of childbearing potential.
Furthermore, women with HIV are more likely to present at a later stage of
HIV infection than men. Visit http://www.womenforpositiveaction.org for
further information about WFPA and ongoing projects. WFPA is supported by a
grant from Abbott.

    Reference:
    UNAIDS 2009, http://www.unaids.org/en/default.asp

    For further information please contact:
    Women for Positive Action
    Program Secretariat
    Litmus MME
    151 Shaftesbury Avenue
    London WC2H 8AL
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44(0)20-7632-1815
    WFPA@litmus-mme.com

SOURCE Women for Positive Action


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