Addressing Violence Against Women Living With HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean

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SOURCE : http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2013/05/19/addressing-violence-against-women-living-with-hiv-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean/

Addressing Violence Against Women Living With HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Dinys Luciano and Fiona Hale, Freelance Writer and Marijo Vazquez, HIV Consultant

“All the women living with HIV in my organization have been subjected to various forms of violence before and after diagnosis, from sexual violence, psychological, economic to institutional violence.”

This was one testimonial from a consultation conducted by the Athena Network and the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS.

Such testimonies of violence are not isolated.

In Chile, 77 out of 100 women have experienced violence, mostly at the hands of partners, fathers, and to a lesser extent strangers.

In Guatemala, women living with HIV reported that when disclosing their HIV status, they experienced increased violence from their partners, relatives, community members, and service providers.

In Panama, 35 percent of the  82 HIV-positive women involved in a study had been…

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