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Campaign highlighting gender-based violence and AIDS ends
Wednesday 30 March 2005
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AFRICA: Campaign highlighting gender-based violence and AIDS ends

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JOHANNESBURG, 13 December (PLUSNEWS) - UNAIDS and the Global Coalition for Women and AIDS recently concluded their "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence" campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the "links between gender-based violence and the spread of HIV infection".

"Not only does forced sex make women more liable to infection, but the fear of violent male reactions - physical and psychological - prevents many women from going to find out more about HIV. It discourages them from getting tested and stops them [from] seeking treatment," UNAIDS executive director Peter Piot said in a statement.

The campaign urged countries and NGOs to step up efforts to end violence against women and girls.



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