A Timeline of Women Living With HIV: Past, Present and Future -- 2010

2010. The International AIDS Society (IAS) and 15 other leading public and private sector organizations release a comprehensive new research agenda (PDF) designed to significantly advance global responses to HIV in women and children.

Following the November 2009 report by the WHO naming HIV/AIDS as the leading cause of death among women globally, the medical journal Lancet, in the interest of providing "an accurate story" to support this finding, proposes an alternate statement of this fact l: "Globally, failure to provide women with high-quality sexual and reproductive health information and services, combined with factors that prevent them from negotiating protection from HIV or other sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, and unwanted sex, are the leading causes of death and disease in women of reproductive age."

Also following the announcement, women living with HIV in the U.S. , under the umbrella of the U.S. Positive Women's Network, call for integration of sexual and reproductive health services with HIV services to better address the epidemic among women.

A documentary called The Other City, on the dire state of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C., sees limited release in theaters. The film features a young woman living with HIV, J'Mia Edwards, who is fighting for housing for herself and her three children, pointing up challenges with which many women living with HIV identify.

In July, the historic first-ever U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy is released. Though strong in many aspects, the Strategy does not identify women as a priority population or recommend women-specific campaigns and programs, despite the disparate impact of the epidemic on women of color and their families. Women's organizations release results of a gender analysis of the strategy, as well as recommendations for implementation.

At the International AIDS Conference, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the ATHENA Network release "Transforming the National AIDS Response: Advancing Women's Leadership and Participation." The report highlights the serious need for more female leadership, participation in policy making and funding for grassroots HIV initiatives and programs that focus on women.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and artist and political and social activist Annie Lennox launched the Agenda for Accelerated Country Action to bring global political attention to the well-being of women and girls today at the United Nations in New York. Annie Lennox called for a broad movement for change saying that AIDS responses should address the rights of women and girls and must challenge gender roles to successfully stop the AIDS epidemic.

South African researchers announce results of CAPRISA 004, a clinical trial showing that use of microbicide gel significantly reduced risk of HIV infection among sexually active women.

Also at AIDS 2010, six women advocates from around the world present on sexual rights and reproductive options for people living with HIV/AIDS in their respective contexts.

Waheedah Shabazz-El gives the final speech at closing session of the International AIDS Conference: "Human Rights as a Conscious Achievement."