The devastating impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls is well documented. Given the complex web of physiological, cultural and socioeconomic factors that heighten women’s vulnerability to infection, the global response to HIV and AIDS must include increased access to proven HIV-prevention methods, active support for the empowerment of women and research into new HIV-prevention strategies. A preventive AIDS vaccine, as part of a comprehensive response that includes other new prevention strategies such as microbicides and ARV-based prophylaxis, would serve as a powerful tool to reduce rates of new HIV infections in women around the world.
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). Spotlight on Women: Modeling the Impact of a Future AIDS Vaccine. International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), New York, USA (2012) 2 pp. [IAVI Policy Notes]