Integration - HIV/AIDS

On World AIDS Day, Including Family Planning is Common Sense

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Did you know? In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 22 million people are living with HIV; 60 percent are women. And 53 million women in this region want to avoid pregnancy but cannot access contraception. People seeking reproductive health and HIV/AIDS services share common needs and concerns, including access to family planning. But too often, contraceptives are not widely available in HIV/AIDS settings and obstacles remain for those who wish to access them.Some of these individuals travel long distances and spend hours waiting for services that are not routinely offered together. Others face stigma based on their HIV status or age.

Integrating reproductive health and HIV/AIDS services—providing both services together in one place—enables providers to comprehensively and holistically address the needs of their clients. Delivering these services together is central to saving lives by ensuring universal access to reproductive health and HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

In other words, it’s just common sense.
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