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December 7, 2016

I take PrEP and fight for other women to take PrEP so that we can end the HIV epidemic

This post originally appeared on FHI 360’s website here. Reposted with permission.

FHI 360 is marking World AIDS Day 2016 by telling the story of a woman in Africa who is tackling HIV prevention head-on through her use of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). In this Q&A, Scotchy, an HIV-negative woman from Zimbabwe, talks about some of the pressing issues affecting women who are taking daily antiretroviral medication, one of several proven options for preventing HIV.

The interviewee’s name has been changed for privacy.

Scotchy is a 24-year-old oral PrEP user and mother to a 9-year old daughter. She is a sex worker who also works with the Centre for Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) in Zimbabwe. At this clinic, sex workers can […]

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October 27, 2016

For busy garment workers in Lesotho, health care comes on wheels

This post originally appeared on UNFPA’s website here.

MAPUTSOE, Lesotho – When factory worker ’Mantina Mphohle, 31, was hit by a car recently, she took two days of sick leave. That time off was unpaid. “You can imagine how disappointed I was when I realized my salary had been cut for the two days that I was away from work,” she told UNFPA.

Her situation is sadly common. Lack of paid leave means workers in the Maputsoe industrial area often end up forgoing essential health care.

The area has 22 garment factories, and an estimated 20,000 factory workers. About 80 per cent of them are women. If their sexual and reproductive health needs are not met, these women could face a cascade of […]

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October 27, 2016

From Discovery to a Cure: A Conversation with Françoise Barre-Sinoussi

This post originally appeared on the IAS website here. Reposted with permission.

In 1983, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a young French virologist, co-discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Since that time, Françoise has dedicated her life to prioritizing basic science in the fight against AIDS and to advocating with and for people living with HIV around the world. In 2008, she received a Nobel Prize in Medicine for her groundbreaking co-discovery.

Françoise was elected to the International AIDS Society (IAS) Governing Council in 2006 and served as President from 2012 to 2014. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the IAS Towards an HIV Cure initiative and on the Conference Advisory Committee for the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017), which will take […]

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October 25, 2016

Innovating for a Healthy Future

The ubiquity of the mobile phone has changed life forever. Everyone reading this will remember their first mobile phone and what it was able to do. Maybe it saved you from scrambling for change to use a payphone on a street corner. Maybe you were able to send a text message to let a friend know you’d be late for a planned meeting. For some, especially those born after the turn of the century, it’s hard to understand that there was a time, not very long ago, when information was only available in a handful of places, like a library or a doctor’s office.

In low income countries, mobile technology has emerged as a way to overcome longstanding barriers to information. Now, with more phones […]

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