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To Curb HIV/AIDS, Stop Gender-Based Violence, U.S. Government Says

May 18, 2010

"Gender-based violence is a world-wide pandemic and directly affects the spread of HIV/AIDS. Fear of violence limits the ability of women and girls to choose their partners; to find out about a partner's HIV status or disclose their own; and to get medical or counseling services," according to a U.S. government editorial in VOA News.

"The United States recognizes the link between gender-based violence and global HIV/AIDS," the editorial states, noting that the U.S. government has given PEPFAR "an additional 30 million dollars to scale up the response against gender-based violence, with significant funding going towards [existing programs in] Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo." According to the editorial, "The idea is to use their experience in dealing with gender-based violence and HIV to scale-up gender-based violence programming and improve the coordination and efficiency of programs against gender-based violence. Some of the money will also be used to make health facilities more comprehensive and able to respond to victims of violence" (5/18).

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This information was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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