Women living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific face many complex challenges in a region with a concentrated epidemic. In 2012, there were an estimated 1.7 million [1.3–2.1 million] women living with HIV in the region. Women continue to account for about one third of people living with HIV, at 36% of the total, versus 35% in 2011. Women are often neglected or seem as an after thought despite increasing numbers of women living with HIV even in countries that are seen as having decreasing rates of HIV infection. Stigma and discrimination is often intensified against women living with HIV.
ICWAP is the regional voice of women living with HIV and joins other regional ICW chapters in making up the global network of women living with HIV. ICWAP work in the following countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor, Thailand, Viet Nam. ICWAP has a broad member base including individuals, groups of women living with HIV and national networks of women living with HIV.