HIV/AIDS – Ungagging abortion: safe abortion in the context of HIV

by International HIV/AIDS Alliance

For women living with HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights are crucial, including safe abortion, freedom from coerced abortion, and post-abortion care. This includes the right to make decisions free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. HIV among women is commonly associated with sex, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and STIs. HIV and sexual and reproductive ill health share root causes, including structural drivers such as poverty, harmful cultural norms, gender inequality, social marginalisation, criminalisation of key populations, and lack of access to information and services. Like HIV, abortion is highly politicised and stigmatised. People feel strongly about it and reliable sources of information may be difficult to find. However, while in many places communities are experienced in supporting people living with HIV, in general, communities are less experienced in supporting women with SRHR needs, and abortion in particular. REPORT