Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Linked to Risk of HIV

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Medical News Today (MTN) reports on a new study among researchers from The Miriam Hospital and the University of Rochester who have found a definitive link between violence among intimate partners and an increased risk of HIV infection. The study is online in the journal Women & Health.

According to MTN, "Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, are an important public health problem for women in the U.S. Each year, 27 percent of new HIV infections are in women, and heterosexual transmission accounts for 83 percent of those infections. A recent national study attributed 12 percent of HIV/AIDS infections among women to relationships involving intimate partner violence (IPV).

Past studies have linked male-perpetrated intimate partner violence (IPV) with sexual risk behaviors, including an increase in the number of sexual partners, trading money or drugs for sex, and inconsistent use of condoms. While researchers agree that IPV affects sexual risk among women, little is known about the mechanisms by which IPV leads to risky sexual behavior."

Find out more at Medical News Today.

The Women’s Collective believes that the US Government needs to adopt a strong focus and clear lens on instances of gender-based violence, including IPV, and that we must also prioritize funding, interventions, and polices that remedy the gross effects of the gender-based violence on women. We must acknowledge and address the fact that women in the U.S. are experiencing violence often fueled by social drivers such as poverty and homelessness. Women and girls need stronger, integrated support mechanisms beyond the more traditional prevention interventions in order to directly protect their health.

If you are a service provider and are looking for tools to help screen and support women and girls, take a look at the Health Cares About IPV tool kit.

You can also find out more about our stance on gender-based violence nationaly and internationaly and a host of other issues that we are advocating for in order to improve the lives of women and girls.


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