African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 11, No. 2, 2011, pp. 211 - 218
Bioline Code: hs11033
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2011, pp. 211 - 218
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Sexual, reproductive health needs and rights of young people with perinatally Acquired HIV in Uganda|
Baryamutuma, R. & Baingana, F.
Background: Numbers of young people with perinatally acquired HIV is growing significantly. With antiretroviral drugs, children who get infected at birth with HIV have an opportunity to graduate into adolescence and adulthood. This achievement notwithstanding, new challenges have emerged in their care and support needs. The most dynamic being, their sexual and reproductive health needs and rights (SRHR).
Objectives: This paper aimed at establishing the gaps at policy, program and health systems level as far as addressing sexual and reproductive health needs of young people who have lived with HIV since infancy is concerned.
Methods: This paper is based on a desk review of existing literature on sexual and reproductive health needs and rights of young positives.
Results: The results indicate young positives are sexually active and are engaging in risky sexual encounters. Yet, existing policies, programs and services are inadequate in responding to their sexual and reproductive health needs and rights.
Conclusion: Against these findings, it is important, that policies specifically targeting this subgroup are formulated and to make sure that such policies result in programs and services that are youth friendly. It is also important that integration of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV services is prioritized.
HIV and AIDS, perinatally infected children, sexual and reproductive health needs, sexual and reproductive rights, Young people living with HIV/AIDS, Adolescents living with HIV, HIV Programming, HIV policies in Uganda