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Gender Equality in HIV and AIDS Programming

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London, Voluntary organisations services, 2012

There are very clear gender dimensions that affect the main pillars of the response to HIV and AIDS - prevention, treatment and care and support. In developing countries, a persons chances of contracting or not contracting HIV depend highly on their gender. Their chances of accessing treatment and adhering to it also vary with gender. As regards care and support of the affected and infected, HIV and AIDS impact on men is very different from that on women. In this position paper, VSO calls on all stakeholders to design and implement HIV and AIDS interventions with a keen awareness of the gender dimensions that characterise the disease.