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‘Gag rule’ threatens to restrict women’s access to a highly effective HIV therapy

As we wait for more evidence about the safety of dolutegravir during pregnancy, the solution is simple: ensure that women living with HIV have access to contraception so they can benefit from this medication. But that has become an often-insurmountable problem due to the global gag rule.

Published
11 February 2019
From
STAT
Jamaica: Don’t Coerce Women Living With HIV To Tie Off

Patrice (not her real name) is a woman living with HIV. In a consultation with her doctor, she explained that she and her partner were planning to have a child. The doctor is said to have told her that she was wicked to want to get pregnant and pass the virus on to her child.

Published
23 January 2019
From
The Gleaner
Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV Policy eBulletin - September 2018

The September issue of the Sexual Health & HIV Policy E-bulletin is available to read online. This issue covers the announcement by the Department of Health and Social Care to allow women to take misoprostol at home in England; a new audit on cuts to contraceptive services; and an e-feature on sex education in schools.

Published
28 September 2018
From
FSRH
Q&A: 'Global gag rule' hits Kenya's largest reproductive health organization

This month, Family Health Options Kenya shuttered its clinic in Kitengela, Kenya. The clinic, which had operated for more than four years, was closed in response to funding cuts due to the “global gag rule.” FHOK, which is the country’s first and largest sexual and reproductive health organization, provided 3.1 million reproductive health services in 2016.

Published
30 June 2018
From
Devex
Survey reveals women experience severe reproductive health issues

A new Public Health England (PHE) survey reveals that 31% of women experience severe reproductive health problems, but under half seek help.

Published
27 June 2018
From
GOV.UK
Almost half of millennial women do not get enough enjoyment from sex, Public Health England report reveals

Around 42% of 25 to 34-year-olds suffer from a "lack of sexual enjoyment", compared with less than a third of those aged from 55 to 64.

Published
27 June 2018
From
Evening Standard
Women at the centre: WHO issues new guidance on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV

A woman-centred approach to healthcare is one that consciously adopts the perspectives of women, their families and communities. This means that health services see women as active participants in, as well as beneficiaries of, trusted health systems that respond to women’s needs, rights and preferences in humane and holistic ways.

Published
23 February 2017
From
World Health Organization
HIV-positive Ugandan women complain of forced sterilization in government hospitals

HIV-positive women in Uganda are being subject to forced sterilisation, a new report shows.

Published
05 September 2016
From
Daily Mail
Ending AIDS through integrated care: Combining sexual and reproductive health and HIV services in Malawi

today, thanks to a UNFPA-supported program to integrate sexual and reproductive health and HIV services together in one-stop shops, patients can visit the Mzenga clinic any day of the week and receive any, and all, maternal, sexual and reproductive health and HIV services they desire in privacy, from staff trained in all the areas – and in how they overlap.

Published
10 June 2016
From
UNFPA
HIV-Positive Women in Uganda Are Being Sterilized Against Their Will

A 2013 report by the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU) found that at least 11 percent of women living with HIV/AIDS were forcibly sterilized. A 2015 report focusing on such coercion from Uganda-based NGO International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA) revealed that forced sterilization and coercion — which includes women being given money and misinformation or being intimidated by a health worker — continues in the country.

Published
03 May 2016
From
ThinkProgress
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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