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Positive women

Globally, women and girls now make up more than half of all people living with HIV. Women face particular challenges in dealing with HIV — they may experience different illnesses and treatment side effects, for example, and women who become pregnant must take special precautions to prevent transmission of HIV to their children.

NAPWHA's Positive Women's Network ensures that the voices of positive women are heard and valued in our national response to HIV and within our communities.

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Common Threads

For women living with HIV, the decision to have children can be one of the most difficult choices they make. For women who are diagnosed HIV positive at the time they are becoming mothers, those decisions can be especially urgent and confronting. In her book, KARALYN McDONALD shares the stories of several women who have dealt with the twin realities of pregnancy and diagnosis.

AIDS Care cover

A paper titled 'A review of reproductive health research, guidelines and related gaps for women living with HIV' has been published in AIDS Care.

A tale of two cities

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 19 December 2004

With major medical conferences in the United States and Scotland, November was a busy month for HIV medicine. PAUL KIDD reviews some key findings. read more »

Internet links positive women

Positive Living article • admin • 19 December 2004

The National Association of People Living With HIV/AIDS (NAPWHA) has set up an innovative project to link Australian positive women via the internet. read more »

HIV and women: leadership needed, not coercion

Media release • 26 November 2004

Women living with HIV/AIDS need specifically targeted services, information and support, the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWHA) has said. read more »

Baby on board

Positive Living article • Susan Paxton • 15 October 2004

Studies evaluating the cost-effectiveness(Of a drug or treatment). The maximum ability of a drug or treatment to produce a result regardless of dosage. A drug passes efficacy trials if it is effective at the dose tested and against the illness for which it is prescribed. In the standard procedure, Phase IIA smaller clinical trial designed to establish whether a drug is effective. Phase II studies are conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the drug for a particular indication or indications in patients with the disease or condition under study and to determine the common short-term side effects and risks. If there is evidence that the drug is effective, a Phase III study is undertaken, with a larger number of participaants, to confirm this. clinical trials gauge efficacy, and Phase IIIA large clinical trial designed to establish whether a drug is effective and safe enough for widespread use. Phase III studies include expanded controlled and uncontrolled trials after preliminary evidence suggesting effectiveness of the drug has been obtained, and are intended to gather additional information to evaluate the overall benefit-risk relationship of the drug and provide and adequate basis for physician labeling. trials confirm it. of antenatal HIV testing in Australia, published earlier this year, have reignited the debate about routine testing of pregnant women. But the experience of women in neighbouring countries shows that the woman’s privacy and confidentiality needs to be respected first. read more »

The moment of truth

Positive Living article • 15 February 2004

Getting an HIV diagnosis inevitably raises deep emotions and sometimes crippling fear, but it can also be a moment of catharsis and empowerment, the beginning of a process of taking charge and deciding what’s most important to you in your life. read more »

News and treatments briefs

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 15 February 2004
Treating HIV

HIV-related news in brief from the Feb-Mar 2004 edition of Positive Livingread more »

Positive pregnancy

From Making babies • 28 October 2003

Some HIV positive women may feel or be told that they cannot or should not have children. This can cause great sadness and is incorrect. read more »

Making babies

From • 28 October 2003

Positive women talk about their experiences with pregnancy and childbirth. read more »

Positive dads

From Making babies • 28 October 2003

There are a number of options for positive men who wish to father children. It is important to get the support of a good HIV-experienced doctor who can talk you through the options. read more »

Daddy Cool

Positive Living article • Kirsty Machon • 1 April 2003

What are the options for HIV positive men who want to father babies? Kirsty Machon reports. read more »

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