Resources: Sexual & Reproductive Health

Participatory research with women living with HIV

This WHO Bulletin, just published online, is about the participatory approach taken to the global values and preferences survey on the Sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women living with HIV last year. Called the Sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women living with HIV: a global community survey by Manjulaa Narasimhan, Luisa Orza, Alice Welbourn, Susan Bewley, Tyler Crone & Marijo Vazquez.

The study covered 945 women (832 in the survey and 113 in the focus groups) aged 15–72 years in 94 countries. Among the respondents to the optional survey questions, 89.0% (427/480) feared or had experienced gender based violence, 56.7% (177/312) had had an unplanned pregnancy, 72.3% (227/314) had received advice on safe conception and 58.8% (489/832) had suffered poor mental health after they had discovered their HIV-positive status.

Download PDF: BLT.14.150912.pdf

Women and Health: the key for sustainable development

Girls’ and women’s health is in transition and, although some aspects of it have improved substantially in the past few decades, there are still important unmet needs. Population ageing and transformations in the social determinants of health have increased the coexistence of disease burdens related to reproductive health, nutrition, and infections, and the emerging epidemic of chronic and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Simultaneously, worldwide priorities in women’s health have themselves been changing from a narrow focus on maternal and child health to the broader framework of sexual and reproductive health and to the encompassing concept of women’s health, which is founded on a life-course approach.

Article from The Lancet 4 June 2015

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Hormonal Contraceptives and HIV Factsheet

Hormonal contraception and HIV risk is an open issue that the field is currently considering. This fact sheet provides basic information on what is known to-date. Hormonal Contraceptives and HIV: An Introductory Factsheet by AVAC. March 2015

Download PDF: HC-HIV_factsheet-AVAC.pdf