Pregnancy decisions of women living with HIV: the need for multidisciplinary perspectives.


Women living with HIV, like all women, have the right to determine the number and spacing of their children. With the ultimate goal of ensuring that women living with HIV are at the center of decisionmaking about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, we convened a conference on HIV and pregnancy at the Harvard School of Public Health in March 2010. The purposes of the conference were to identify gaps in knowledge, stimulate research and determine ways to work across disciplines and life experiences. By bringing together researchers, service providers, policy makers and activists working in many different ways to support the pregnancy decisions of women living with HIV, the conference called attention to the need for a stronger evidence base drawing from biomedical, economic, political and social science perspectives alike. Conference proceedings highlighted the importance of moving beyond disciplinary silos to bring these perspectives together in order to provide more comprehensive information relevant to the lives of women and men living with HIV, as well as to create demand for appropriate services and policies. Working with Reproductive Health Matters, and with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), we sent a call for papers to conference participants to build on the conference presentations and discussions. Reproductive Health Matters and WHO were the ideal partners with whom to embark on this endeavor. The editor of Reproductive Health Matters began to bring attention to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of HIV-positive women as far back as 1986, even before the journal existed, and the journal has carried forward this commitment since its inception.* WHO’s Depart-

DOI: 10.1016/S0968-8080(12)39644-4

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@article{Gruskin2012PregnancyDO, title={Pregnancy decisions of women living with HIV: the need for multidisciplinary perspectives.}, author={Sofia Gruskin}, journal={Reproductive health matters}, year={2012}, volume={20 39 Suppl}, pages={1-4} }