Conference Report: The Pregnancy Intentions of HIV-Positive Women: Forwarding the Research Agenda
“The Pregnancy Intentions of HIV-Positive Women: Forwarding the Research Agenda,” a two and a half-day conference composed of plenary sessions, interdisciplinary breakout sessions and a half-day research symposium was convened at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts from March 17th to 19th 2010. The conference brought together a multidisciplinary group from six continents engaged in HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights work. This conference report synthesizes current knowledge and discussions related to the four conference themes and five cross-cutting issues, identifies points of consensus and points of departure amongst participants, highlights suggestions for promoting multidisciplinary research in identified areas, and concludes with recommendations for future research.
The conference report outlines the range of factors known to influence HIV-positive women’s pregnancy intentions. The report synthesizes current knowledge and participants’ discussions in the following areas: Desired pregnancy for HIV-positive women; HIV-positive women seeking to prevent pregnancy; Safer pregnancy for HIV-positive women; and Pregnancy termination for HIV-positive women. A final section provides suggestions for areas of further research to advance the health and rights of women living with HIV.
The report concludes that women living with HIV, like all women, have the right to determine the number and spacing of their children. A stronger evidence base that brings together results from biomedical, economic, political and social science research will help provide more comprehensive information relevant to the lives of women and men living with HIV, and create demand for appropriate services and policy. Researchers, program implementers and advocacy groups are encouraged to use the findings from this report to ensure that there are adequate resources to conduct multidisciplinary research, to design studies across relevant disciplines and to translate these findings into services and programs that support HIV-positive women’s ability to stay healthy and shape their families.
Source: Program on International Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research, Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies
Sponsors: The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.