Posted by Hannah Kabelka on July 19, 2021 at 10:40 am
It is the mission of one of our Communities of Practice (CoP) to promote joint work on HIV and SRHR at various
levels, including policy, advocacy and programming. This document aims to:
HIV and AIDS are directly linked with sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Sexual and reproductive ill-health and HIV thrive where there is poverty, harmful social norms, gender inequality and marginalization of the most vulnerable populations. HIV remains the most deadly sexually transmitted infection and the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age. People living with HIV are at increased risk of some non-communicable diseases, including mental health conditions, and women living with HIV are more likely to develop and die from cervical cancer. The Guttmacher-Lancet Commission presents a comprehensive definition of SRHR, including HIV prevention, treatment and care, in its essential intervention package and specifically focuses on vulnerable groups. Linking HIV and SRHR can deliver a more robust and cost-effective response and should be an integral part of future global strategies. Improved SRHR-HIV integration is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (particularly SDG3 on good health and well-being) and the associated target of universal health coverage.