Patients’ needs related to HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) are linked. SRH patients must understand their risks for contracting HIV, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) have SRH needs:
- 93% of women living with HIV/AIDS report that “being a mother is important to them,” but only 14% report knowing where the necessary support is offered.
- 52% of women living with HIV/AIDSsaid that their HIV medical provider did not discuss family planning.
Integration of HIV and SRH works to fully meet the needs of those we serve by improving their quality of life and ensuring their SRH rights are upheld.
This project seeks to strengthen relationships between primary medical providers, reproductive health providers, and HIV/AIDS service providers by providing educational opportunities and cross training to clinicians and case managers working in both fields.
This project has only been feasible with the generous funding and support of these organizations:
Parallel Paths & Caminos Paralelos Goals
The long-term goal is to increase ability of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS service organizations to utilize a human rights framework to structure arguments about HIV prevention and care, specifically in regards to reproductive justice and gender equity.
Within this overarching vision of integrating HIV and SRH are many smaller and more manageable short-term objectives. Choices focused on the topics that are most relevant to HIV/AIDS and SRH in Memphis and across Tennessee. As youplan your own program, remember that the needs and priorities of each community vary.
- Referrals available for pregnancy prevention, fertility assistance, and prenatal care for PLWHA
- Providers comfortable with discussing STIs, including HIV, with pregnant teens
- Educational programs accessible for both clients and medical staff
- Stigma minimized around both SRH and HIV/AIDS
- Communication and cross training improved between experts in both areas
- Holistic medical care increasingly available in a single location
- Number of HIV- babies maximized by reducing vertical transmission
- Accurate and reliable information publicized
- Criminalization laws explained to convey how they create barriers to health
- SRH/HIV providers and educators informed and connected to effectively advocate for substantial policy change
- Patients empowered to seek dignified healthcare
- HIV/AIDS and SRH costs reduced to increase access
- Community convinced that sexual health and HIV are everyone’s problem
For more information, see our Reproductive Choice and Family Planning for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS presentation.