Highlights from the HIV & Women Workshop

This activity contains three presentations of the highlights of the 9th International Workshop on HIV & Women, which was held in Seattle, USA, on 2-3 March 2019, and their possible implications for your clinical practice.

Needs Assessment

Despite gender parity in the epidemic, there is inequitable research of the unique aspects of HIV and women. Although many HIV conferences discuss the latest advances in HIV management, they fail to address gender specific features or are not powered to consider these issues. The HIV & Women Workshop brings together leading researchers, allied health professionals, caregivers, and experts to share their knowledge in this field. It provides a framework for dialogue on the complex biological, social, and medical intersections between HIV & women. Experts share data and new findings on gender specific research in HIV, including input from other areas of medicine with multidisciplinary experts. The workshop is supportive of a global perspective with regard to the treatment and management of HIV-infected women; learning and sharing knowledge of the different barriers and issues around the world should help identify ways forward for improving the health of HIV-infected women.

The HIV & Women Workshop has attracted a steady number of participants over the years and has developed into an important platform for scientific and clinical exchange. Considering the need for more emphasis on HIV in women within the field, we have developed an online component in addition to this workshop which summarizes the content and topics discussed during the meeting. It will highlight the most important aspects discussed in the workshop and give an overview of the current state of research and clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

After watching these presentations, you will be able to:
• Summarize the challenges and opportunities to guide women infected with HIV through the different life phases
• Describe prevention and new treatment strategies for women at risk of or living with HIV
• Identify gaps in the field of HIV and women and develop new concepts for research and care strategies

Topics addressed in the presentations:
• Pregnancy guidelines and recommendations, current controversies around cART use in women of child bearing potential and in pregnancy
• New drug delivery systems
• Unique challenges of growing up with HIV
• Healthy aging with HIV for women (bone health, cardiovascular health, DDIs)
• Cure research in women


1 HIV & Women: Latest basic and clinical new research data relevant to care of HIV infected women
2 HIV & Women: Clinical relevance of these new data for routine care of HIV infected women and female adolescents
3 HIV & Women: Focus on adolescent girls and young women


Sharon Walmsley, FRCPC, MD, MSc, University of Toronto, Canada
Deborah Money, MD, FRCSC, University of British Columbia, Canada
Natella Rakhmanina, MD, PhD, FAAP, AAHIVS, Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University, USA

Time to complete

This activity consists of three modules and will take 1 hour to complete. We value your feedback - please take a few minutes to fill in the evaluation form in the end and receive your certificate of completion!


Online publication of meeting highlights / presentations has been made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Gilead Sciences.
  • Videos
  • Clinical Implications of findings from the HIV & Women Workshop 2019
  • Summary of data presented at the HIV & Women Workshop 2019
  • Challenges for Adolescent Girls and Young Women - HIV & Women Workshop 2019
  • Survey
  • Survey Highlights HIV & Women Workshop
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever