News

HIV Infection Rates Among Women in Latin America and the Caribbean Continue to Increase

18 April 2007
Author: UNFPA

BUENOS AIRES — “The HIV and AIDS epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean increasingly has a woman’s face,” Marcela Suazo, Director of UNFPA’s Divison for Latin America and the Caribbean told participants at the Latin American and Caribbean Forum for HIV/AIDS and STIs in a plenary meeting today.

Marcela Suazo told participants that we have to re-direct our HIV prevention strategy to meet the challenge of the increasing feminization of HIV/AIDS.

Around 3,000 participants from 20 countries gathered in Buenos Aires this week to discuss different aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.

Of the 40 million people currently living with HIV and AIDS globally, 1.9 million live in Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year alone, 167,000 people in the region were infected. The percentage of women infected with the HIV virus has risen by ten per cent over the past three years (2003-2006).

Suazo listed poverty, gender inequality, violence, stigma, discrimination and gender roles among the main causes of the feminization of the epidemic in the region.

“We are facing a change in the characteristics of the epidemic, so therefore we have to re-direct our prevention efforts to meet these challenges,” she said.

She listed strengthening human rights and gender equality, ending gender-based violence and including HIV policies in national strategies to fight poverty as key elements in the fight against feminization of HIV. 

—Trygve Olfarnes

Argentina
Population : 45.2 mil
Fertility rate
2.2
Maternal Mortality Ratio
39
Contraceptives prevalence rate
59
Population aged 10-24
23.5%
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 89%
Girls 93%

Related content

News
The Ebola epidemic has dramatically underscored the importance of condoms in preventing sexually transmitted infections. UNFPA and partners have launched a campaign in Liberia aiming to reach 1.5 million people with condoms and information.
Publications

While there are many separate indicators related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV, a key challenge has been the lack of internationally agreed indicators to measure progress in linking SRH and HIV. This SRH and HIV Linkages Compendium contains a focuse

Press
KIGALI, Rwanda — At a meeting here of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Advocates, key supporters of the health-related MDGs presented an Acceleration Roadmap to save an additional 140,000 women’s and 250,000 newborns’ lives and provide univ

Pages

We use cookies and other identifiers to help improve your online experience. By using our website you agree to this. To learn more, including how to change your settings, see our cookies policy.

X