Journalists' Press Kit
HIV/AIDS is no longer striking primarily men.
Today, more than 20 years into the epidemic, women account for
nearly half the 40 million people living with HIV worldwide.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 57 per cent of adults with HIV are women,
and young women aged 15 to 24 are more than three times as likely
to be infected as young men. Despite this alarming trend, women
know less than men about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted and how
to prevent infection, and what little they do know is often rendered
useless by the discrimination and violence they face. This report
is an urgent call to action to address the triple threat of gender
inequality, poverty and HIV/AIDS. By tackling these forces simultaneously,
we can reduce the spread of the epidemic and its devastating