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01.12.2017 | Commentary | Ausgabe 1/2017 Open Access

Reproductive Health 1/2017

Silence sexual and reproductive health discussions and we fuel the rise of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

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Reproductive Health > Ausgabe 1/2017
Autor:
Janet M. Wojcicki

Abstract

In the mid 1990s, the HIV epidemic was initially impacting South Africa. Fear, stigma and denial surrounding sexual practices undermined treatment access and prevention initiatives. Significant strides have been made in reducing the HIV epidemic in South Africa and other areas in sub-Saharan Africa through effective programming and funding of prevention programs. Reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy threatens to negatively impact gains made in the HIV/AIDS community. Recognition that communication is essential to effective reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programming needs to be recognized by politicians enacting the Mexico City Policy and the possibility of viewing a rise in HIV/AIDS incidence in sub-Saharan Africa.
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