Intersection of HIV and Domestic Violence

According to Futures without Violence, women experiencing domestic violence are three times more likely to report HIV/AIDS diagnosis. But it is important to note, people of all genders can be impacted by intimate partner violence. This section explores topics relevant to the intersection of intimate partner violence and HIV/AIDS. It is intended to help advocates access information about starting a conversation about HIV, condom negotiation, safety planning with HIV in mind, and ensuring that our agencies are implementing best, and promising practices to support survivors living with HIV/AIDS or at risk of contracting HIV.

"The twin pandemics of violence against women (VAW) and HIV/AIDS are each rooted in gender discrimination, women’s subordination, disregard for women’s human rights, and the power imbalances between women and men that exist in societies all over the world. Violence against women and HIV/ AIDS are also inextricably intertwined and mutually reinforcing in the lives of millions of women and girls: women who are subject to violence are more likely to contract HIV than other women, and women who are HIV-positive face a heightened risk of violence yet typically these issues are addressed separately at the programme and policy levels rather than in the interconnected way that affected women actually experience them in their daily lives." (UN Women, 2012)