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March 17, 2017

Since 2010, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has brought awareness to the intersection of domestic violence and HIV through the Positively Safe project. Positively Safe mobilizes domestic violence and HIV service providers and allies by building partnerships, increasing capacity, and enhancing linkage to care for persons exposed to domestic violence and HIV. At nearly double the national rate, 55 percent of women living with HIV have experienced domestic violence, and domestic violence victims have a 4x greater risk of contracting STIs, including HIV. [1,2]

This month, NNEDV launched a campaign to address this intersection. Over the next 17 weeks – between National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day (March 10) and National HIV Testing Day (June 27), we will share 17 Things You Can Do to Make a Difference for Survivors Living with HIV. We chose these two awareness days to recognize the impact of HIV on victims of domestic violence, particularly women and girls, and to help end the stigma of HIV by encouraging others to get tested on National HIV Testing Day.

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[1] Machtinger 2012; Black 2011

[2] Campbell JC, Soeken K. 1999