Documenting Our Experience
We believe that women living with HIV are the experts in their own experience and therefore it is essential for them to lead, share and generate the creation of knowledge including research.
This means that we support and advocate for women living with HIV to produce tools, research and materials that most matter to them. We support community based and feminist participatory action research frameworks and methodologies.
Demanding health for all: Drawing from people living with HIV in a time of COVID.
This report looks at each of the three key pillars of universal health coverage (UHC) through the lens of our times. We look at the experiences of people living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic and consider what lessons can be drawn from their experiences to help bring about the realisation of health for all.
Early Infant Diagnosis
This qualitative research sought to respond to an urgent need to explore the perceptions, values and preferences of women living with HIV regarding early infant diagnosis, in order to understand what accounts for the ‘loss to follow-up’ in terms of early diagnosis and treatment of infants.
An Overlooked Epidemic: Mental Health and HIV
Supporting mental health and emotional well-being is one of the most overlooked aspects of treatment, care and support within the HIV response. HIV diagnosis can cause trauma, anxiety and depression, or exacerbate existing anxiety and mood swings and mental health disorders. Anxiety and self-stigma around job and housing security, self-esteem, status disclosure and building healthy romantic relationships, including fear and anxiety due to HIV criminalization, can affect the mental health, self-esteem and emotional well-being of people living with HIV. Even within HIV activism and the workplace, we replicate traumas and social inequalities perpetuating cycles of oppression, trauma and stress on those within our community. In this session, women living with HIV will share their lives work through research and advocacy in the realms of mental health and resilience in the context of gender -based violence, HIV criminalization, health care violations, sex worker, poverty and inter-movement aggression.
Lillian Mworeko, Uganda, Mental Health and SRHR
Olena Stryzhak, Ukraine, Gender Based Violence + HIV
Sara Thara Maga, Nepal, Young Women and Mental Health
Vanessa Johnson, USA, Macro and Micro Aggression and Movement Trauma - Lateral Violence
Chair: Morolake Odetoyinbo, Nigeria/US