Sexual and reproductive health

Strengthening linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV

WHO bulletin. Volume 87, Number 11, November 2009, 805-884
doi: 10.2471/BLT.09.001109

World Health Organization

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Publication details

Number of pages: 84
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English - Web only


Many papers in this issue address the special theme of strengthening the linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV.

EXTRACT OF THE LEAD EDITORIAL: Recent increases in resources for achieving the goal of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support have given renewed impetus to the longer-standing political commitment for achieving targets in sexual and reproductive health and rights. As a result, we see increasing optimism that progress on these interdependent goals can be achieved – particularly if they are tackled together.

There are several linkages between HIV and sexual and reproductive health responses. Services to virtually eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission provide an ideal platform to deliver the entire recommended minimum package of antenatal, maternal, child health and reproductive health services. This would ensure that pregnant women are not only offered HIV screening, but that they and their partners are also offered services to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and sexual violence.