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

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Stigma and discrimination as barriers to achievement of global PMTCT and maternal health goals
Janet Turan, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Turan provided an overview of the possible pathways for effects of HIV on maternal health. HIV-related stigma and discrimination have adverse effects on utilization and quality of maternity services. Turan provided a diagram explaining the effects of stigma on maternal, neonatal, and child health—showing the connections between psycho-social effects, behavioral consequences, and effects on health. Given that women might be declining HIV tests for fear of stigma, this topic may be barrier to reaching maternal health and HIV goals. Fear of stigma and unwanted disclosure of HIV status might lead to more home births thus approaches for safe disclosure are needed.

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