Women out loud: How women living with HIV will help the world end AIDSListen /
A new report, entitled Women out loud, explores the impact of HIV on women and the instrumental role women living with the virus are playing to end AIDS.
The report, by UNAIDS, includes the latest data and commentary from some of the leading advocates on women and HIV.
The report includes the voices of some 30 women living with HIV who have given their personal insights into how the epidemic is affecting women and on how women are actively working to reduce the spread and impact of AIDS.
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe says "Achieving zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero-AIDS related deaths will require accelerated action for women and girls."
He adds that "Women must have access to education and knowledge as well as being empowered to protect themselves from HIV."
HIV is continuing to have a disproportionate effect on the lives of women and is still the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age. The infection rates among young women aged 15-24 are twice as high as in young men.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.