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HIV, Women and the Health Sector

The Sophia Forum seeks to inform its supporters about issues relating to women and HIV both here in the UK and globally. These sector-specific pages are designed to guide professionals working in these sectors to relevant and up-to-date information regarding your profession and its influence on the lives of women in relation to HIV. If you have specific queries or if you know of other articles which you would like to share with us, do please contact us on and we will endeavour to respond as soon as we can.

To read our latest info about links between women with HIV and gender-based violence, click here and follow the links to references.

Author   Date  Title  Publisher Format/Description  Link Additional Information 
Polly Clayden 2008 Very low rate of MTCT in women on HAART in UK and Ireland who achieve viral suppression HIV I-Base Web page Link Health Professionals - please familiarise yourself with the latest facts regarding minimal mother-to-child transmission, providing the right care, support and treatment mechanisms are in place
 Positively UK  2011  Primary Care Access: How General Practice Can Better Respond To the Needs of People Living with HIV  Positively UK  Report Link  
Lesley Doyal and Jane Anderson 2003 HIV-positive African women surviving in London: Report of a qualitative study THT Extract from Report Link  
UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women   2005 Intersections of violence against women and AIDS UN Report Link  
The Sophia Forum 2009 Health AND Safety: the challenges for women of HIV and Gender Violence The Sophia Forum Sophia Newsletter 4 Link  
The Sophia Forum 2009 In Sickness and in Health The Sophia Forum  Sophia Newsletter 3 Link  
Human Rights Watch 2007 Hidden in the Mealie Meal: Gender-based abuses and Women's HIV treatment in Zambia Human Rights Watch Report Link  
Global AIDS Alliance 2008 Violence Against Women and Girls & HIV/AIDS

Global AIDS Alliance Factsheet Link  
ICW 2006 Testing and the Rights of HIV Positive Women ICW Article Link  
JANAC 2002 Tough Choices…And the Right to Choose JANAC Editorial Link  
David Smith 2009 African women with HIV coerced into sterilisation Guardian Article Link  
ICW 2006 Silent Voices ICW Report Link  
Alice Welbourn 2009 Women, HIV and Human Rights: the crisis of criminalisation The Salamander Trust Transcript Link Transcript of Presentation at International Womens Day event, hosted by the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS, ActionAid International and Interact Worldwide
The Salamander Trust 2009 The Women, HIV and Motherhood Project

The Salamander Trust Audio Project Link  
Alice Welbourn 2009 Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Stories of despair. determination and resilience of the spirit The Salamander Trust Presentation Presentation
Presentation at WHO Seminar on HIV and Disability, Geneva
Drs. Susan Paxton and Alice Welbourn 2004 “Oh! This one is infected!” Women, HIV & Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region

UN Excerpts from a report Link  
Alice Welbourn 2009 Balancing on Wheels of Hope openDemocracy Article Link Article about support for positive health workers around the world
Odetoyinbo, Stephens and Welbourn 2009  Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV in health care Journal of the International AIDS Society Article Link  
The Sophia Forum and Positively Women 2010 Response to: Mainstreaming the commissioning of local services to address violence against women and girls The Sophia Forum and Positively Women Consultation Response Link Joint submission from The Sophia Forum andPositively Women in response to Government consultation.


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