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Engaging the voice of women in HIV prevention, care, and treatment

        The American Academy of Nursing recognizes and supports the fundamental importance of integrating the social, environmental, and economic experiences of women who are at risk of or living with HIV infection into all aspects of HIV prevention, care, and treatment. The Academy is committed to upholding the rights of all women to be recognized as having unique perspectives and experiences. These perspectives and experiences may be different from those of men at risk of or living with HIV infection. Acknowledging and addressing a women's empowerment strategy in understanding the social determinants of health in HIV prevention, care, and treatment are essential to reducing health inequities and improving health outcomes. This strategy can also shape social and physical environments that promote health and wellness in women. The best way to understand the experiences of women locally and globally is to include their voices in the design and implementation of prevention programs. This perspective is essential to assure that such programs are feasible and sustainable in the context of women's economic, political, and social environments.
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