Sexual & reproductive health and human rights of women living with HIV

December 1, 2015

The Journal of the International AIDS Society (an open access, peer-reviewed journal), has published a new supplement: Sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women living with HIV.

Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection as a result of a variety of biological, cultural, social, and economic factors, including gender inequality within the context of sexual relationships and marriage.

In addition to living with HIV, women and girls may encounter additional sexual and reproductive health challenges such as unintended pregnancy, complications from unsafe abortion, and violence (physical, sexual and emotional).

The articles in this supplement have been structured to discuss the complex issues related to sexual health, reproductive health and human rights of women living with HIV such as improving screening and prevention of cervical cancer; the delivery of preconception and prenatal services for women living with HIV in resource-limited settings; and the right to a safe and satisfying sexual life. Additionally, this supplement highlights three under-recognised areas, namely mental health, gender-based violence and safer disclosure of HIV status. Beyond the topics themselves, the perspectives provided come from a wide range of stakeholders including researchers, clinicians, programme managers, policy makers and women living with HIV themselves, making this a rich and diverse discussion of the subject matter.

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