What do we (really) know about VAW and HIV risk? - Lori Heise

What is known about the epidemiological pathways linking violence against women and girls (VAWG) and HIV? And what are the implications for intervention? 

With support from WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS and the Greentree Foundation, STRIVE convened a high-level meeting of experts from both the violence and HIV fields to:

  • examine the latest evidence on the ways in which VAWG affects HIV acquisition, testing, adherence and disease course
  • advance overall understanding of the links between HIV and VAWG
  • identify strategies to address this nexus
  • examine whether and how programming should change in light of emerging evidence 

Some of these findings may surprise you!

Lori Heise is one of the co-research directors of STRIVE and the director of the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She is known for her work on both HIV and violence against women. Dr Heise designed the Greentree II consultation and worked with Liz McGrory on the report that summarises the existing and new evidence presented there, and its implications.

Download the presentation pdf here.

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