Useful resources



BRIDGE is the gender and development information unit at the Institute of Development Studies, UK, and they have a range of excellent resources on HIV positive women and girls on their sister website, Siyanda, including the following: Women and Girls Living with HIV/AIDS: Overview and Annotated Bibliography, Esplen, E. and The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW), February 2007.

The British HIV Association

BHIVA have produced a number of guidelines including:

Reproductive and sexual health, Draft treatment guidelines 2006 for consultation
HIV transmission, the law and the work of the clinical team
Guidelines on Immunisation
HIV treatment guidelines [2005]
Renal transplantation [2005]
Liver transplantation [2005]
Pregnancy Guidelines [2005]
HBV Coinfection [2004]
HCV Coinfection [2004]
TB/HIV infection [2005]
Adherence Guidelines [2001]


The EUROSUPPORT project aims at gaining scientific insight into newly emerging HIV-related problems by using a flexible and multidisciplinary approach. A research infrastructure has been set up with the support of the European Commission, including HIV-treatment centers and patient organizations in twelve European countries, to carry out targeted empirical research on the needs of people living with HIV; it translates scientific evidence into feasible policy recommendations. It is a forum for the participating centers to exchange information and expertise relating to issues of care and support.
Details of their research are provided in their newsletter.


EngenderHealth works to improve the health and well-being of people in the poorest communities of the world. They do this by sharing their expertise in sexual and reproductive health and transforming the quality of health care. They promote gender equity, advocate for sound practices and policies, and inspire people to assert their rights to better, healthier lives. Working in partnership with local organizations, they adapt their work in response to local needs. Their site features a range of resources linking sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.

Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+)

GNP+ is a global network for and by people with HIV/AIDS. The mission of GNP+ is to work to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. The central secretariat of GNP+ is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. On their site you can find the invaluable resource 'Positive Development: Setting up Self-Help Groups and Advocating for Change. A Manual for People Living with HIV', a capacity building and self-empowerment tool for the development and maintenance of community-based organizations that provide support and self-help for people living with HIV/AIDS. Further resources can be found in their online library

International HIV/AIDS Alliance

You can download Alliance publications from their site. You can also order a CD-ROM, containing all Alliance publications, free of charge. Their online toolkits bring together learning and resources from the Alliance and other organisations on a range of topics. You can sign up to receive a regular e-bulletin to keep you informed of the work and new publications produced by the Alliance.

International Partnership for Microbicides
IPM was established in 2002 as a non-profit product development partnership to accelerate the development and accessibility of microbicides in order to prevent transmission of HIV. Microbicides are vaginal products being developed to reduce the transmission of HIV during sexual intercourse. Microbicides could take the form of a gel, cream, film, suppository or sponge, or be contained in a vaginal ring that releases the active ingredient gradually. A microbicide could also be in a new formulation and use a delivery method yet to be invented. A microbicide would be a useful complement to other HIV- prevention measures, including safer sex education, condom distribution, voluntary testing and counseling, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, anti-stigma campaigns, safe blood supplies and (hopefully, one day) a vaccine. For more information on microbicides and IPM, please click here.


Ipas is an international organization that works around the world to increase women's ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, and to reduce abortion-related deaths and injuries. They have a number of resources on the SRHR of HIV positive women and you can search for them by country.

Network of Sex Work Projects

In 1991 an informal alliance of sex workers and organizations that provide services to sex workers formed as the Network of Sex Work Projects. NSWP is a legally constituted international organisation for promoting sex workers' health and human rights. With member organizations in more than 40 countries, the Network develops partnerships with technical support agencies to work on independently-financed projects. The site features resources on sex work and HIV inclusing responses to the UNAIDS draft guidelines on sex work and US conditionalities.


To mark World AIDS Day on 1st December 2007 Oxfam Publishing has provided a free online access to Oxfam books, journal articles and policy papers on HIV and AIDS, including links to resources on gender and HIV.


Established in 1994, SAfAIDS is a regional HIV/AIDS organisation based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Its goal is to disseminate HIV/AIDS information to promote, inform and support appropriate responses to the epidemic.

Resources include:

Women's HIV/AIDS Treatment Literacy Tool Kit
This toolkit from SAfAIDS, has been developed for women and girls living with HIV/AIDS. It addresses their special needs as girls and women. Although there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, there are various ways by which women and girls can live longer and healthier with HIV/AIDS. This toolkit reminds us that HIV/AIDS related treatment is vital for maintaining the good health of women, thus enabling them to live longer and contribute to the development of their families, communities and nations.

The World Health Organisation

Links to WHO's publications on HIV can be found at -

Reproductive health and HIV resources include:

Defining Sexual Health: Report of a technical consultation on sexual health
On 28–31 January 2002, a Technical Consultation on sexual Health was convened by the WHO Department of reproductive Health and Research, in collaboration with the Department of Child and Adolescent Health and the prevention team of the Department of HIV/AIDS.
The specific objectives of the meeting were to:
■ discuss key concepts including definitions of sexual health and related issues;
■ examine the specific barriers to the promotion of sexual health for adolescents and adults; and
■ propose appropriate, effective strategies for promoting sexual health.



The 96-page report from Human Rights Watch, “Hidden in the Mealie Meal: Gender-Based Abuses and Women’s HIV Treatment in Zambia,” documents how the government has fallen short of its international legal obligations to combat violence and discrimination against women. The report details abuses that obstruct women’s ability to start and adhere to HIV treatment regimens, including violence against women and insecure property rights that often force women into poverty and dependent, abusive relationships.




Chakrapani, V., Shanmugam, M., Newman, P.A., Dubrow, R., Satpathy, A., & Abraham, K. K. (2007). Sexual and Reproductive Health of People living with HIV in India: A mixed methods study. Indian Network for People living with HIV (INP+), Chennai, India.

South Africa: ‘I am at the lowest end of all’. Rural women living with HIV face human rights abuses in South Africa
London, U.K., Amnesty International Publications, Mar 2008.
This report provides an analysis of patterns of human rights abuses against women who are exposed to the risk of or are already living with HIV in rural contexts of widespread poverty and unemployment. It draws on the testimonies of 37 women who, to varying extents, had experienced incidents of violence from intimate partners or strangers, were unable to secure a stable income, faced periods of hunger, but were striving to maintain their access to health services and adhere to treatment despite the consequences of poverty, stigma and their low social status.


The International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA)
Learn the latest regarding rectal microbicides and keep up to date on other new prevention technologies.  - listserv
- website
- blog


Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. We Will Still Live: Confronting Stigma and Discrimination Against Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi, Leitner Center: Fordham Law School, New York City.


Guidelines for Improving CCMs Through Greater PLHIV Involvement

These guidelines can be used as an advocacy tool to assist all stakeholders in Global Fund processes to help ensure that PLHIV concerns and issues are addressed as fully as possible. (They can also be adapted for use when working with other multisectoral or coordinating bodies at local, district, provincial, or regional levels.)

Male Circumcision

Global Campaign for Microbicides Factsheet "Male Circumcision: What does it mean for women?" - in English.


English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian editions of Challenging, Changing, and Mobilizing, A Guide to PLHIV Involvement in Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanisms

Provides tools for strengthening People Living with HIV/AIDS' involvement in Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanisms.
English Version
Etude menée dans plusieurs pays sur la participation de Personnes Vivant avec le VIH/SIDA (PVVS) dans les Instances de Coordination Nationale (CCM)
Una investigación multi-país sobre la participación de las personas viviendo con VIH/SIDA (PVVIH) en los Mecanismos de Coordinación de País (CCM)
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Online Information Resources


  • AIDS Portal
    ICW are members of the AIDSPortal global information sharing network. Driven by people and facilitated by web-based tools, the AIDSPortal network supports collaboration and knowledge sharing among a global network of people and organisations involved in the response to HIV and AIDS. It offers easy access to the latest research, case studies, news stories and jobs, as well as a global directory of contact information for people and organisations.
  • Female Health Issues - A public interest website focusing on women's health problems.
  • i-base - UK and web-based resource on HIV treatment information for healthcare professionals and HIV-positive people including - 'A guide to HIV, pregnancy & women's health' and 'Antiretroviral treatment for injecting drug users'.

  • You and AIDS - is an HIV/AIDS portal for Asia Pacific that seeks to address the information and services needs of the region and act as a regional platform to synergise multisectoral responses against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Initiative, which began under the UNAIDS Inter Country Team (South Asia), is being taken forward by the UNDP Regional HIV and Development Programme for South and North East Asia (REACH Beyond Borders). The portal also seeks to promote networking, strengthen advocacy and catalyse civil society responses.
    Resources include:
    Human Trafficking and HIV: Exploring vulnerabilities and responses in South Asia - A new independent regional research study commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with financial support from the Government of Japan has revealed an alarming trend of trafficking of girls and women and HIV infection in South Asia. South Asia accounts for more than half of the 300,000 to 450,000 people estimated to be trafficked in Asia each year.