All women have the right to a healthy life with HIV...

See Us: Women Take a Stand on HIV  is an international awareness campaign created by AbbVie and an international steering committee composed of women living with and affected by HIV, the medical community through the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), and NAM/aidsmap. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of women living with HIV by encouraging them to forge a sense of community so that ultimately they are empowered to advocate for their own needs. The campaign is made possible through funding provided by AbbVie. 


CONSENSUS STATEMENT for GLOBAL DIALOGUE TOOLS

“Globally, 49 percent of all adults living with HIV are women,1 representing the fastest-growing population of people living with the virus worldwide.2 And, while more women living with HIV are accessing care and living longer, much remains to be done,” said Imane Sidibe, MSc, IAPAC’s Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives. “The consensus statement, along with additional activities in 2014, will raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by women living with HIV.” 

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WOMEN: The New Face of HIV

Every minute, one woman is infected by HIV, mainly through sexual transmission. Globally, some 49 percent of all adults living with HIV are female.Women have different care considerations from men, including pregnancy, increased risk for cervical cancer, and premature menopause and osteoporosis. HIV is the leading cause of death in women of reproductive age around the world, many of whom are diagnosed when they become pregnant.

The dialogue tools included in this international campaign are designed for every woman through specific phases of her life, from adolescence to childbearing to aging. These are to be used in bridging the gap between the patient and her care team, empowering women to come out from the shadows of the cultural, political or environmental barriers that may prevent them from utilizing quality treatment. The goal is to build confidence in the treatment process, adhere to medication and have an open and genuine discussion that will fuel healthy living.

The tools can be downloaded in nine different languages and are available on the home site of IAPAC. 

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