HIV and pregnancy in Jamaica

A July 23 article from the Jamaica Gleaner dicusses new issues and controversies arising in the Caribbean nation as more and more HIV-positive women choose to have children.  Here are a couple key excerpts:

As antiretrovirals become more widely available in Jamaica, a significant number of women living with HIV are opting to have children, a situation many never thought possible five years ago. However, many report that their reproductive health rights are not always respected by health personnel. […]

In the Caribbean, which has the highest HIV prevalence outside of sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 50 per cent of HIV-positive persons are women. The need to address the sexual and reproductive health rights of HIV-positive women is all the more significant because three-quarters of people living with HIV in Jamaica are in their reproductive prime.

This is an interesting article, as it addresses the intersection between HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, the impact of HIV/AIDS and family life, and issues of healthcare availability.  Also, though the article doesn’t mention it, I wonder if this issue (or similar ones) might become increasing common in parts of the world where ARVs are beginning to be widely available.

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~ by h.e.g. on August 2, 2008.

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