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The Link Between HIV and Domestic Violence

A new study find women who experience intimate partner violence are three times more likely to contract HIV. Regions like sub-Sarahan Africa show the highest prevalence of IPV and HIV worldwide, and sub-Sarahan African women accounted for 63 percent of new HIV infections in 2020.The full report, posted on The Lancet, showed a pooled analysis of nationally representative surveys in the region — 57 surveys with information on self-reported HIV testing and past-year physical or sexual IPV from 30 different countries showed that IPV was associated with both the recent increase in HIV diagnoses and a drop in viral suppression.“Worldwide, more than one in four women experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime,” Mathieu Maheu-Giroux, McGill University Professer, Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modeling said on News Medical.

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