Each year, a summary report is generated to document the Annual WRI Meeting in order to best provide direction for WRI's ongoing work to advance the research for HIV+ women. For example, the purpose of the 2010 meeting of the Women’s Research Initiative (WRI) was organized to address the complex question: What makes women vulnerable to HIV infection, and once infected, to disease progression? The two and a half-day meeting included five invited scientific presentations on women’s risk, updates from WRI members about their research related to HIV and women, and robust roundtable discussions and breakout group activities designed to enhance group deliberations around this question. Attending the meeting were 20 members of the WRI (including representatives from clinical care, HIV research, academia, community-based organizations, government, the pharmaceutical industry and HIV-positive women), guest speakers and invited experts.
One of the primary challenges identified by the group each year is the inability to collect and search information on ongoing and completed research focused on HIV in women. This limitation means that the gaps identified specifically represent a lack of information in the public domain and may or may not represent a lack of research. The WRI has identified this issue as a major limitation in this field. Below please find links to the Women’s Research Initiative Annual Meeting Reports from 2003-2010.
Also included below is a link to the Women and HIV Backgrounder - a comprehensive literature review on Women and HIV written by David Gilden for The Well Project.