Integration - HIV/AIDS

Think Your 30-Minute Wait at the Doctor’s Office Is Bad? Try This.

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Say you’re living with HIV but married to someone who isn’t.  When you go to the nearest clinic to get contraceptives, you probably also want to receive medication for your HIV. Your partner also wants to be routinely tested to ensure they’re still negative. Unfortunately, you might end up needing to go to three separate clinics: one for contraceptives, one for HIV medication, and one for HIV testing. And to top it all off — each one of the clinics may only offer these services on certain days or at certain times, they’re all miles away from each other, and getting there requires a full day of walking.

How likely is it that you’ll be able to return to each clinic once a month? Not likely. You’ll have to miss work, someone will need to watch your kids, and your HIV status might become public knowledge.

To see how frustrating this is for women seeking family planning services in developing countries, take a look at our latest infographic. You’ll soon see why 222 million women around the world want contraceptives, but haven’t been able to access them.

It’s no surprise that the latest research shows tremendous benefits to integrating HIV and reproductive health services. The results of an expansive five-year research project were just released, and researchers found integrating HIV services into family planning and post natal care improved uptake of HIV counseling and testing, among other benefits.

We’ve been saying it for years: health clinics need to offer contraceptives and reproductive health care as well as HIV testing and treatment. If a patient has to walk dozens of miles to get to another clinic after they’ve already made the journey once, it’s not likely they’ll be able to keep up with treatment.

The idea of offering comprehensive healthcare is so ingrained— we can’t imagine having to walk dozens of miles to three different clinics — that the problem is often overlooked. Share this infographic on Facebook and Twitter to expose the frustrating reality for millions of women trying to access contraception.

5 Responses to “Think Your 30-Minute Wait at the Doctor’s Office Is Bad? Try This.”

  1. Harding Mac-Boima

    This is great Emma. PAI is making us to moment,everyday on what are happening in our local communities especially in the provinces . To get contraceptives and massage of reproductive health care in the remote rural communities is very difficult in Sierra Leone. The issue of getting children by parents that they can not afford to take care of and educate is contributing to adject poverty and short life expectancy even before the age of 47 in Sierra Leone. Efforts have been made to clamp down menace . But their are still challenges. Our organization is a volunteer condom distribution and HIV/AIDS sensitization organization in the western area (Freetown). Awareness raising on female and male contraceptives, HIV/AIDS are some how sufficient for the western area. Rural communities are to be targeted more. Some of our challenges are; how to get the free contraceptives to the local people. How to move the volunteers. We need information on getting resources to save our people. The Sierra Leone HIV/AIDS secretariat in partnership with Global Funds on HIV/AIDS are providing free condoms for male and female. But resources to take it to the remote communities that are highly vulnerable are our challenge as a grass root organization.

  2. Gemma

    I agree with Jamie: how can I sharing without social media sharing buttons?

    • Danielle Zielinski

      Hi Gemma, thanks for your comment. Links to share on Facebook and Twitter have been added to the post, so you can use those for now. Buttons coming soon!

  3. Jamie

    This is great, but there are no social media sharing buttons on your blog so you’re missing an opportunity for me to easily act.

    • Danielle Zielinski

      Thanks for alerting us Jamie! You make an excellent point, and we’re working on it. We just launched our blog’s new format yesterday, and haven’t gotten to adding share buttons for posts. But we definitely will. Working on a temporary solution for this post now.

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