VAWM Fact From Prajnya 10

Gender violence and HIV


¨ Women currently account for 39% of HIV infections in India.

¨ Forced sexual intercourse with an HIV infected partner transmits the infection. Coercion leaves no room for negotiation, for condom use or otherwise.

¨ Women with a history of experiencing violence are less likely to negotiate condom use.

¨ In relationships where the male is much older, there is a higher risk of both sexual violence and HIV infection.

¨ Women are also threatened with violence to deter them from testing or disclosure.

[Source: UNDP, WHO]


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