Welcome to the April 2017 Sexual Health & HIV Policy EUROBulletin. This is the first edition published by NAM, following the closure of MEDFASH at the end of the year. Thank you to our friends at MEDFASH for their support in creating this bulletin. The bulletin will be published quarterly and aims to provide information about policies, programmes, standards, guidance, evidence and research, and emerging issues in sexual and reproductive healthcare, HIV treatment and care, prevention and sexual health promotion in Europe. Please spread the word!
In this issue we have an eFeature interview with Dr Manjulaa Narasimhan, who is the lead technical officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) for the first Consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV. The process for creating the guideline was refreshing in its emphasis on listening to women living with HIV and we spoke to Manjulaa about that process and the issues the guideline sets out to address.
The year began with the news that the United States would reinstate the global gag rule, which denies funding to organisations which provide any services relating to abortion. European governments were quick to take a stand, led by the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, pledging money to replace funding for women's heath and rights under the banner, 'She Decides'.
Other items to look out for in this edition include: a new report from ECDC providing guidance for member states on effective antenatal screening programmes; a warning of a hepatitis A outbreak among men who have sex with men; and 'We Demand More!', a sexuality education advocacy handbook for young people.
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