Georgia tables motion that would have forced all abortions into hospitals, new Virginia clinic regulations will be set in months, people with HIV at greater risk of bone fractures, and the Utah legislature passes three abortion-related bills.
In a disturbing trend, women-centered HIV services are being quietly defunded. This means HIV-postive women have fewer places to go for peer support, mental health and other critical services.
The U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy fails to address and promote the reproductive rights of HIV-positive women beyond the limited goal of reducing mother-to-child transmission.
Activists fighting on behalf of access to high-quality sexual and reproductive healthcare are watching Namibia’s courts to see if good precedent will be set on forced sterilization.
A 28 year-old woman in India, in labor outside of Hyderabad in the town of Suryapet, birthed in the street on Sunday evening covered by saris, with only the assistance of the woman who brought her to a hospital initially along with some local women who stepped up to help.
In the United States, women living with HIV are often considered incapable or unworthy of having children, and if pregnant, unable to make appropriate medical decisions during pregnancy.
“I would never have sex with an HIV-positive guy,” a friend told me. But rather than promoting real risk reduction, such statements reinforce and reproduce harmful stigma against HIV-positive people.
I had heard that South Africans were warm and friendly, but imagine being hugged by 15 grannies! In South Africa, strong interventions are needed to reach out to children who are not currently accessing HIV treatment services. Since HIV is clustered in families, grannies who reach out to grannies may help children get the care they need.