U.N. Women’s Conference Participants Adopt Resolution Urging Governments To Step Up HIV/AIDS Fight Among Women
The 45-member U.N. Commission on the Status of Women on Friday, which was the final day of a two-week U.N. meeting in New York, adopted a resolution that calls for "more action" from governments worldwide to help fight HIV/AIDS among women, the AP/Miami Herald reports (Lederer, AP/Miami Herald, 3/12). The nonbinding resolution urges governments "to take all necessary measures to empower women and strengthen their economic independence ... to enable them to protect themselves from HIV infection" and help women prevent HIV infection "through the provision of health care and health services, including for sexual and reproductive health and through preventive education," according to the Miami Herald. The resolution also calls for expanded access to treatment therapies, including drugs that help prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. The resolution also says it is important that young men and women have access to HIV/AIDS information -- including "youth-specific education" -- and calls for new programs to enable men "to adopt safe and responsible sexual and reproductive behavior and to use effective methods to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS," the Herald reports (Miami Herald, 3/12).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.