Lack of HIV/Aids prevention measures suitable for women is said to be putting more women at risk of contracting the virus.
SRHR Africa Trust Country Programme Officer, Novice Bamusi, said this during media training and an update on Biomedical HIV Prevention Options Agenda in Blantyre yesterday.
He said most HIV prevention methods such as the use of condoms and circumcision put men in control on whether to protect themselves and their partners from contracting the virus.
“Globally, we are looking at 35 million who are HIV positive and out of these, more than half are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Again, out of these more than half are women. The burden is bigger on women and that is why we are doing research projects to empower women to make independent decisions to protect themselves,” Bamusi said.
“We are trying to come up with what we are calling biomedical HIV prevention options so that women also protect themselves from the virus without necessarily requiring approval from men.”
During the training, journalists were drilled on how to report issues of HIV/ Aids to achieve desirable outcomes.
About one million Malawians are HIV positive and 79 percent of them are on ART treatment.