The number of new HIV/AIDS cases continues to challenge the world’s ability to contain the epidemic. Treatment has been revolutionary, but treatment alone is not the solution.
According to UNAIDS, although overall new infections have declined since 2010, the rate of decline is too slow to reduce annual new infections to 500,000 by 2020,1 and women continue to be at high risk for HIV.
Empowering Women to Protect Their Health
Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to infection due to a combination of biology and gender inequities, yet they lack the tools they urgently need to protect themselves.
In sub-Saharan Africa, where the epidemic has hit hardest, young women ages 15-24 are more than twice as likely to acquire HIV as young men.2
HIV/AIDS remains the leading cause of death for women ages 15-44 worldwide.
Safe and effective microbicides, like a monthly vaginal ring or a single-use film or tablet, would put the power of protection into women's hands.
1 UNAIDS, “Ending AIDS: Progress Towards the 90-90-90 Targets,” 2017
2 UNAIDS, AIDSinfo database. http://aidsinfo.unaids.org, accessed January 4, 2018.