Female genital schistosomiasis and HIV/AIDS: Reversing the neglect of girls and women

04 April 2019
Peter J. Hotez , Wendy Harrison, Alan Fenwick, Amaya L. Bustinduy, Camilla Ducker, Pamela Sabina Mbabazi, Dirk Engels, Eyrun Floerecke Kjetland

Since the 2000s, we have known that female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) is likely the most neglected gynecologic condition and HIV/AIDS cofactor across sub-Saharan Africa. To date, the global health and HIV/AIDS communities have not used the opportunity to prevent new HIV/AIDS infections through highly cost-effective schistosomiasis control and elimination in Africa. But recently, this situation may be shifting toward the better.

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