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Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS: Examining Research Through a Programmatic Lens

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Reproductive health decision-making among women living with HIV
Lisa Messersmith, Boston University School of Public Health

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HIV status is one of multiple factors that contribute to a woman’s decision to have children. Messersmith raised important questions about reproductive health programs and policies and discussed the issue of reproductive health decision-making for women living with HIV in the context of several international treaties and conventions. She outlined a number of sexual and reproductive health and rights violations of women living with HIV, including coerced abortion, coerced sterilization and withholding information and services related to safe conception. Messersmith concluded by outlining numerous social and behavioral as well as structural and health systems barriers to retention and adherence.

For more information, please visit the maternal health, HIV, and AIDS technical meeting page.