Issue Nº 3 June 2010
AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria hit some parts of our societies harder than others. For example, we know that sixty percent (60%) of people living with HIV in Africa are female and AIDS is the leading cause of death in women aged 15 to 44 years worldwide.
Expectant mothers are more likely to die of malaria than women who are not pregnant. Globally, more men than women have been diagnosed with tuberculosis, and amongst men, the highest percentage is people who inject drugs. In all countries of the world men
who have sex with men, sex workers and people who inject drugs have higher rates of HIV than the general population. Understanding and addressing these gender-related dynamics is vital if we want to successfully combat the three diseases.
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