SAFE EXIT

HIV Testing, Treatment and Care

shutterstock_221313199 (1)Experiencing intimate partner and sexual violence increases the risk for HIV.  50% of abused women report having experienced forced sex – a well-established high-risk factor for HIV infection. People living with HIV who are also suffering abuse may experience an escalation of violence upon disclosure of their status – resulting in potentially lethal outcomes. Intimate partner violence (IPV) can also prevent survivors living with HIV from accessing necessary treatment and care, and the stress caused by abuse can further compromise their immune systems and accelerate the progression of the disease.

From HIV prevention to testing, treatment, and long-term care, healthcare providers have many opportunities to reduce the isolation of survivors and increase their options for safety and better health.

For more information on partnership building between DV organizations and HIV agencies check out the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s DV& HIV/AIDS Toolkit.

Find more information, tools and resources on HIV by visiting the IPV Health Toolkit.