Intimate partner violence and HIV/AIDS in East Africa are public health and human rights problems with far-reaching and associated consequences. A growing evidence base is demonstrating the intersection of these two pervasive problems, including significant overlap in prevalence, as well as increased HIV risk behavior and barriers to testing as a result of experiences or fear of intimate partner violence (IPV). Furthermore, stigma and discrimination associated with both IPV and HIV/AIDS increase the vulnerability of victims and result in underreporting. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Global Violence Prevention will hold a joint workshop with the Uganda National Academy of Sciences on the intersection of IPV and HIV/AIDS in East Africa. To raise awareness and effectively reach stakeholders within the region, the workshop will be held in Uganda.
The public workshop will be organized by an ad hoc planning committee to examine:
- The evidence base demonstrating the intersection between IPV and HIV/AIDS; and
- Promising and innovative approaches to prevention.
The committee will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. Experts will be drawn from the public and private sectors as well as from academic organizations to allow for multilateral, evidence-based discussions. Following the conclusion of the workshop, an individually authored summary of the event will be prepared by a designated rapporteur.
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