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Women and HIV: the urgent need for more research and policy attention in the Middle East and North Africa region

Jocelyn DeJong, Francesca Battistin

Abstract

HIV surveillance systems and research in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have improved markedly over the last decade but nevertheless are challenged by inadequate detection of new infections and under-reporting of known infections. There are indications, however, that there may be a specific risk of under-detection of HIV among women. Given that sexual behaviour is deeply rooted in gender norms, it is critical to understand how these shape risk behaviour and vulnerability to HIV infection in specific contexts. Until recently, HIV surveillance efforts internationally have not integrated gender considerations into their methods, sampling and tools, and this certainly applies in the MENA region. Identifying the barriers to HIV case detection among women in the region is critical to improving women’s health, providing them with appropriate access to prevention and treatment services, as well as preventing onward transmission of HIV.

(Published: 8 March 2015)

Citation: DeJong J and Battistin F. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2015, 18:20084

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; care cascade; treatment cascade; continuum of care; testing; linkage to care; viral suppression; measures.

(Published: 2 March 2015)

Citation: MacCarthy S et al. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2015, 18 :19395

http://www.jiasociety.org/index.php/jias/article/view/20084 | http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.18.1.20084

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Journal of the International AIDS Society | eISSN 1758-2652 | Editors-in-Chief: Mark Wainberg, Susan Kippax and Papa Salif Sow

Source: http://www.jiasociety.org/index.php/jias/article/view/20084


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