Honoring Lynde Francis—Zimbabwean HIV Activist

Lynde Francis did not have time for self-pity. Diagnosed HIV-positive in 1986, she learned to live with HIV, instead of dying of AIDS, and taught other Zimbabweans how to do it, long before antiretrovirals (ARVs), when HIV was a death sentence and AIDS was shrouded in blame, shame, and self-hate. Lynde was a maverick: Zimbabwe’s…

Beyond Denial and Discomfort: Rights for Women with HIV

Among the many formal meetings at the Commission on the Status of Women that take place inside the United Nations, there are a whole bunch of side meetings. The International Women’s Health Coalition co-sponsored a panel called “Beyond Denial and Discomfort: Securing the Rights and Health of Women and Youth, including those Who Live…