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Adrienne Germain in the New York Times: Ending South Africa’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Requires Putting Women at the Center of Prevention Efforts

Written By: Lori Adelman
September 8, 2009

 

AGforwebThis weekend, IWHC President Adrienne Germain emphasized the need to place women at the center of HIV prevention efforts in a New York Times Letter to the Editor, “H.I.V. Infections in Women.”

In response to last week’s New York Times editorial “Hope in South Africa”, which centered around the efforts of the Zuma adminstration to quell the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa, Ms. Germain pointed out the “remarkably persistent neglect of the most likely to be infected: girls and women” in the discussion and called for concrete action steps for women and girls in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa, including comprehensive sexuality education and full protection of girls’ and women’s human rights.

“In South Africa, women, especially very young women, are three to five times more likely to be infected than men because of rampant sexual coercion and violence,” Ms. Germain pointed out in the letter. “A sustainable approach to ending South Africa’s epidemic requires putting women at the center of H.I.V. prevention efforts by ensuring access to female condoms, comprehensive sexuality education for all young people, and full protection of girls’ and women’s human rights.”

3 Responses to "Adrienne Germain in the New York Times: Ending South Africa’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Requires Putting Women at the Center of Prevention Efforts"
  1. Karen says:

    It is my belief that is we took all the money from prevention products to vaccine testing and treatments for HIV towards a cure we would already have one.

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