Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Worldwide, about half the HIV-positive population is made up of women. In Sub-Saharan Africa 60 percent of those living with HIV are women in a region that accounts for 75 percent of AIDS deaths. Globally, women are more vulnerable to the virus due to sexual coercion, early marriage, cultural stigma and poverty. In the U.S., HIV is the third leading cause of death among African American women aged 25-44 compared with the fifth leading cause for all women. Low-income women suffer disproportionately: nearly two-thirds of HIV-positive women in the U.S. report annual incomes of under $10,000. Our network is active at the research, grassroots and public health levels, raising awareness about disparities and ensuring that prevention, testing and treatment are made more affordable and accessible.

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Today is World AIDS Day.  As we confirmed through our Big Five research, HIV/AIDS is a woman's issue.  Black women comprise 65% of HIV...
At the Opening Plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative conference this Tuesday, Mallika Dutt took the stage with former President Bill Clinton and...
December 2, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-BairdA study released this fall reported some chilling trends:More than 2 million babies and mothers die...

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  • October 18, 2010

    Mother Jones: An adult-film actor tested positive for HIV last week, leading to a push to have actors in the industry wear condoms when filming. Producers and directors feel that viewers do not want to see condoms in porn, and that doing so will...


  • July 29, 2010

    WeNews:  The preventitive measures of a new HIV gels is being met with mixed reactions.  Some see the gel as an advance for women's control over their own protection, while others are concerned that it might be treated as a substitute...


  • July 14, 2010

    Colorlines: This week, the White House issued a national plan for addressing the HIV/AIDS crisis, including a strategy for allocating treatment resources, and curbing the spread of infection. The Obama administration also acknowledged demographic...


  • June 15, 2010

    Washington Post: African women are among the first to begin testing a new vaginal ring impregnated with an antiretroviral drug.  The drug is released into the vagina over the course of a month, and it is hoped will kill the HIV virus on contact....


  • June 9, 2010

    Ms. Magazine: "The rate of maternal deaths and illnesses is shockingly high.  To lower maternal mortality in developing countries, contraception and abortion must be made legal, accessible and affordable."