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UNAIDS Calls For End To Gender-Based Violence, Highlighting Association With HIV Risk

UNAIDS “is calling for an end to gender-based violence, which is not only a serious human rights violation but also increases the risk of HIV infection,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Recent research has established a clear association between intimate partner violence and HIV, with women experiencing such violence facing a 50 percent increased risk of acquiring the virus, according to” the agency, the news service writes. “About one in three women globally experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner, the [WHO] has said,” according to the news service, which adds, “Responding to gender-based violence and HIV is ‘a matter of shared global responsibility for social justice,’ UNAIDS said in its news release” (11/22).