Join Dr. Helen Bygrave, MSF HIV advisor, at Reddit on September 18 at 12pm ET for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) online Q&A session on women and HIV. This event will be hosted by the popular forum TwoXChromosomes.
In order to participate, you must register for a Reddit account (takes 10 seconds).
Men and women are both susceptible to HIV, but women are more likely to be infected, as well as affected by the disease.
In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, 60 percent of people living with HIV are female. Women in many countries often don’t have control over when or whether they have sex, or whether protection will be used. On top of that, they also have to worry about transmitting HIV to their unborn babies and breastfeeding infants.
Thirty years after the identification of HIV/AIDS and more than a decade since effective treatment became accessible in developing countries, women in particular still face daunting obstacles to getting the care they need.
About Helen Bygrave:
Dr. Bygrave trained at Cambridge University and University College London School of Medicine. Since 2005, she has worked for MSF, supporting HIV/TB programs across Africa and Asia. She currently works as one of MSF’s HIV/TB advisors in the Southern Africa Medical Unit. One of her major focuses has been supporting the field implementation of Prevention of Mother to Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) programs, including operationalizing PMTCT B+.