4159.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - 1:30 PM

Abstract #8886

"It's not fair!"--AIDS, gender and human rights

Geeta Rao Gupta, PhD, President, International Center for Research on Women, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW, #302, Washington, DC 20036, 202-797-0007, sbloodworth@path-dc.org

Recent statistics from UNAIDS reveal that at the dawn of the 21st century, women in developing countries not only constitute the fastest-growing category of new infections, but in some places have surpassed men in terms of overall prevalence. For example, there are now 12-13 women infected for every 10 men in Africa, the continent which accounts for the vast majority of global HIV infections. In addition, over 90% of infected children were born to HIV+ women (vs. blood-borne means). Everywhere in the developing world, women are also the main care-givers to infected family members. Based on over seven years of ICRW’s groundbreaking global research on AIDS and women, this presentation will share findings that shed light on women’s vulnerability to sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. Underlying gender and human rights factors contribute to women’s vulnerability, particularly in the area of sexuality. The presentation will describe five “Ps” of sexuality that demonstrate that women have much less control over this important dimension of live than do men—practices, partners, pleasure, procreation and power.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to list and explain several ways in which gender inequity in the area of sexuality makes women particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Gender

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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