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Monday October 23rd was the National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women with HIV, but our actions don’t have to be limited to one day alone.
Check out this website for the holiday for more information!
From the Positive Women’s Network:
“Why is there a National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV?
- Women living with HIV are twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence (IPV) and five times as likely to experience lifetime sexual assault as the general population of women.
- Data also shows that women of trans experience, who are the population most affected by HIV in the U.S., are at elevated risk for violent hate crimes, which all too often are deadly.
- Disclosure of HIV status can increase vulnerability to violence, including tragic situations where women with HIV have been murdered following disclosure of their HIV status.
Violence can thus have devastating consequences on health outcomes of women living with HIV (WLHIV). WLHIV who have experienced recent abuse or the threat of abuse are less likely to be linked to care; half as likely to be on antiretroviral treatment (ART); and much less likely to achieve viral suppression when prescribed ART. They are also five times more likely than women without HIV to be currently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
But interpersonal violence does not exist in a vacuum. Violence against women living with and most vulnerable to HIV is enabled by the systems, structures, institutions and social norms that consider us disposable. This is what we call systemic violence—when systems and institutions, including those responsible for our health, dignity, and security, perpetrate harm against us rather than protecting us. For WLHIV, this systemic violence takes many different forms.”