Case Study: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Women Living with HIV in South Africa

IDS Evidence Report
Authors: 
Muller, A. and MacGregor, H.
Publisher: 
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
Publication date: 
Wednesday, 29 May, 2013

This case study presents five examples of the violation of sexual and reproductive health rights of women living with HIV, and explores the underlying causes and dynamics. The misalignment between the national cervical cancer screening policy and recommendations on cervical cancer screening in HIV management highlights the need to harmonise existing policies and take into account the specific needs of women living with HIV. Access to fertility treatment (and information about childbearing options) as well as to contraception, (including abortions), is limited for women in general, but even more so for women living with HIV.

The review presents a number of key recommendations for South African activists, the South African government, and international donors. These recommendations suggest measures to harmonise existing policies to fit the needs of women living with HIV; to establish and institutionalise rights-based training for health care workers; to institute redress mechanisms for women whose rights have been violated; and to strengthen the capacity of civil society to support affected women and adopt appropriate advocacy strategies.

  • This case study presents five examples of the violation of sexual and reproductive health rights of women living with HIV, and explores the underlying causes and dynamics. 
  • The review presents a number of key recommendations for South African activists, the South African government, and international donors such as measures to harmonise existing policies to fit the needs of women living with HIV
  • Establish and institutionalise rights-based training for health care workers and to institute redress mechanisms for women whose rights have been violated
Opendocs reference: 
oai:opendocs.ids.ac.uk:123456789/2633