Help Make U.S. Global AIDS Programs Work for Women
More than half of all people living with HIV are women and girls. In sub-Saharan Africa, more women than men are living with HIV, and young women age 15-24 are as much as eight times more likely to be HIV-positive than their male counterparts.
You can help change this by urging the U.S. government, a leading donor in the global HIV and AIDS response, to make its programs and policies work harder and better for women and girls worldwide.
As you know, HIV is responsible for tens of thousands of maternal deaths each year. You can help change this. In your capacity as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, I urge you to:
* Ensure that every PEPFAR program meets the needs of women and youth--no more stand-alone abstinence and faithfulness programs;
* Guarantee that PEPFAR activities address HIV and reproductive health with integrated, woman-centered programming;
* Promote access to rights-based prevention programs, especially for sex workers, by addressing the negative impact of the anti-prostitution loyalty oath (APLO).