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Accessible HIV Treatment, Education Vital For Women In MENA Region

Houston Chronicle: HIV in the Middle East: Women at risk
Ariana Marnicio, research analyst for the Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute

“…The majority of the reported cases of people living with HIV [in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region] have been male, though experts have suggested that the epidemic is becoming more feminized. It is critical not only to curb the spread of HIV, but also to educate and protect women who may be less knowledgeable about the disease. … The U.S. and other international organizations can help by establishing clinics to treat those living with HIV, as well as educate individuals who could be at risk, including married, monogamous women, without judgment and with full anonymity” (6/30).

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