Findings from the largest international survey on the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and human rights of women living with HIV, reveal the extent of gender based violence and mental health challenges experienced by women living with HIV, and the impact these have on their lives. The findings are published in the report "Building a Safe House on Firm Ground".
The survey, which formed part of a global “values and preferences” consultation, was commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as they begin the process of updating their 2006 Guidelines
on the SRH of women living with HIV. It was conducted in 2014 by Salamander Trust, with ATHENA, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), and the Transgender Law Center. On World AIDS Day 2015, findings from the consultation regarding the impact of GBV
and mental health
challenges on women living with HIV were formally published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society. The time for policy makers to urgently act on these issues is now.