Women and Girls - HIV & AIDS
Women account for more than half the number of people living with HIV worldwide. Young women (10-24 years old) are twice as likely to acquire HIV as young men the same age.
HIV disproportionately affects women and adolescent girls because of vulnerabilities created by unequal cultural, social and economic status.
Unaccommodating attitudes towards sex outside of marriage and the restricted social autonomy of women and young girls can reduce their ability to access sexual health and HIV services.
Much has been done to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but much more needs to be done to reduce the gender inequality and violence that women and girls at risk of HIV often face.
- Kinyago Village, Kamkunji Nairobi, Kenya