Violence Linked to Rapid Rise of AIDS in Women

By Theresa Braine – Womensenews – Friday 8 Aug, 2008

Health officials at a global AIDS conference in Mexico City this week highlighted the growing feminization of the pandemic and its link to gender violence. The U.N. may form a women’s agency that advocates say could mount a more effective response.

MEXICO CITY (WOMENSENEWS)–Worldwide the rate of HIV infection is rising faster among women than men, and the link between AIDS rates and violence against women is becoming even clearer, said health advocates and officials gathered here this week for the XVII International AIDS Conference, which concludes today.

“Violence against women is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS,” said Ines Alberdi, executive director of UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women. . .

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