In the UK, women make top about a third of the HIV population. Yes there is a feeing that women’s issues have not been addressed. Certainly, in the early to mid 20th century, most medical research centred on men…trials tended to have few women participants. So the whole healthcare system was skewed towards men. Although things are improving somewhat, nonethelss, even today a lot of treatments were developed with primarly men as patients, then just “rolled out” to women. Yet we know that women’s bodies differ significantly from men, and so that simple assumptions may not be valid.
Women and HIV: Invisible No Longer was a one-year project led by Sophia Forum and Terrence Higgins Trust. It aimed to set out clear recommendations for policy and service development to ensure that greater focus is given to women affected by HIV. The project used existing evidence and generated new data with over 340 women involved in the project’s surveys and workshops. It aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of the situation for women in the UK living with or vulnerable to acquiring HIV. The project was focused on all women including trans women. It focused on women of any sexuality, any ethnicity, whether they do or do not have children, or are pregnant. The project was co-produced with women living with and affected by HIV.
You can read the full report here: