National efforts to prevent HIV in India have historically been directed toward men and female sex workers, with an expectation that wives would benefit from the trickle-down effect of this approach. However, women’s advocates are calling for more programming to support wives directly, with the goal of building their autonomy to protect themselves in the context of their marriage. This webinar discusses the Raising HIV Awareness among Non-Infected Indian Wives (RHANI) intervention. This two-armed randomised controlled trial was developed to meet this gap in the field. RHANI focused on women at risk for HIV in Mumbai, a city facing disproportionate burden of the HIV epidemic. Findings suggest that RHANI wives can support women’s capacities to protect themselves from sexual risk and violence in their marital relationships.
Raj, A. STIRVE Learning Lab 36: Women Can Prevent HIV and Violence in Marriage! Findings from the RHANI Wives Study. (2015) [Video: 55 min 50 sec.]