HIV and Pregnancy Intentions: Do Services Adequately Respond to Women’s Needs?

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Too little is known about how an HIV diagnosis and access to care and treatment affect women’s childbearing intentions. As access to antiretroviral therapy improves, greater numbers of HIV-positive women are living longer, healthier lives, and many want to have children.

Effectively supporting women’s reproductive decisionmaking in the context of HIV requires understanding how pregnancy, reproduction, and HIV intersect and asking questions that bridge the biomedical and social sciences. Considering women to be at the center of decisions on health policy and service delivery can help provide an appropriate constellation of services.

A clear research agenda is needed to create a more coordinated approach to policies and programs supporting the pregnancy intentions of women with HIV.

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Authors: Sofia Gruskin, Rebecca Firestone, Sarah MacCarthy, Laura Ferguson
Published By: American Journal of Public Health
Date: October 1, 2008
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