Women and HIV

Learn more about HIV symptoms in women with information and advice on HIV and pregnancy and how rape culture is associated with spreading HIV.

HIV & pregnancy

A woman who is HIV+ can have a healthy baby. Dr Avron Urison of AllLife explains the special care needed.

Rape has become a culture

In rural areas many men still feel they can take whichever girl they want, and this type of conduct perpetuates the spread of HIV.

The burden of HIV/Aids on women

In addition to the fact that women in Africa are particularly vulnerable to contracting HIV/Aids, the epidemic impacts on them in other ways.

Women’s vulnerability to HIV

More women than men are now HIV-positive; in Africa, the infection rate in the 15 - 24 age group is an estimated 20 women for every 10 men.

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Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl qualified at the University of Pretoria in 2005. She is a patients' rights activist and loves using social media to teach about HIV. She is in private practice in Johannesburg.

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