What do we know about the situation of women living with HIV in Europe?Celia Miralles, Mariana Mardarescu, Lorraine Sherr
Corresponding author name: Celia Miralles
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Citation: Antiviral Therapy 2013; 18 Suppl 2: 11-17
Date published online: 19 June 2013
At present, women represent approximately one-third of new diagnoses of HIV in Europe – most are infected by heterosexual transmission. Some specific populations of women, such as migrants, sex workers and those who are intravenous drug users, may be at increased risk of HIV infection. Women living with HIV face a range of intersecting situations and challenges distinct from those faced by men. The most familiar of these is pregnancy and motherhood; however, family and social situations will also be different for women compared with men, and can affect how individuals access care and manage their disease. The stigma of HIV can be a particular problem for women in many communities. Improved surveillance of HIV and increased study of the situations facing women living with HIV will help to identify improved strategies to support the care of this patient population.