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20 years of service by and for women in the HIV epidemic

Posted 22 June 2012, 07:45 P, by Guest

By ICW Global Press Team

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW). Coincidentally, the International AIDS Conference is back to the United States after 22 years. It was at this conference 20 years ago that the ICW was formed.

Although the HIV epidemic was identified more than thirty years ago, people did not realize at that time that women were being infected and that, as time went on, they would become a significant group of the infected population. In the early 1990s, a group of women from different countries, diverse cultures, many languages, and with gender diversity met in London to discuss the epidemic from the perspective of women. These early discussions led to the formation of ICW Global the following year at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. More...

Count HIV-positive Women in at AIDS 2012!

Posted 15 June 2012, 11:18 P, by Guest

By Sonia Rastogi, U.S. Positive Women’s Network

T-minus 38 days until the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, D.C. This is my first International AIDS Conference. As a young woman living with HIV, I am excited because most of the HIV-positive U.S. women I know have never attended an International AIDS Conference. This is our opportunity to connect with women and girls living with HIV across the globe, to learn from each other, develop collective wisdom, and to strengthen a shared sense of urgency regarding priorities for women living with and vulnerable to HIV globally.

We are at a critical moment in HIV history. We have the science to end the epidemic and, equally as important, 30 years of community and grassroots knowledge and expertise on how to curb it. For the U.S., the conference falls in the thick of the 2012 election cycle; an election where our country’s access to affordable, quality health care, the protections against gender-based violence and women’s sexual and reproductive rights will once again be up for an archaic debate. More...