Sexuality and Health

11 resource(s)

Reports

The Gap Report 2014: Transgender people
UNAIDS (2014)

How do we close the gap between the people moving forward and the people being left behind? This is the question this report sets out to answer as it aims to provide data, as well as information and analysis on the people being left behind.

Examining the implications of PrEP as HIV prevention for sex workers
Overs, C. and Hawkins, K.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS) (2016)

This briefing focuses on a new way to prevent HIV known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). It argues that PrEP raises important challenges in the context of female sex work, outlines these challenges and provides a number of recommendations.

HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health
Levine, J.
UNDP (2007)

This report explores how evidence and human rights based laws can transform the global AIDS response. It presents an evidence base on human rights and legal issues relating to HIV.

Sexual and reproductive health rights of women living with HIV in South Africa
Muller, A. and MacGregor, H.
Institute of Development Studies (2013)

This paper reviews South Africa's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) policies, with a special focus on the SRHR of HIV positive women. It aims to identify gaps in the current policies and examine their imacts. The paper reviews past and present advocacy strategies around SRHR in order to to identify successful examples, challenges and gaps.

A time to embrace: Why the sexual and reproductive justice movement needs religion
Haffner, D.W. Rev.
Religious Institute (2015)

This white paper argues that renewing the engagement of religious leaders and people of faith is essential to the progress and long-term success of the sexual and reproductive health and justice movement. 

Sexual health, human rights and the law
World Health Organization (2015)

This report demonstrates the relationship between sexual health, human rights and the law. It shows how governments can support sexual health through legal and other mechanisms that are consistent with human rights standards and their own human rights obligations.

Evidence review on LGBT issues: Recruitment, conversion therapy, sexual orientation and gender identity
Beyrer, C.
Centre for Public Health and Human Rights, John Hopkins University, Boston (2014)

This paper looks at laws criminalizing same sex behavior or identity among consenting adults, including laws criminalizing what has been termed 'homosexual  propaganda'. It looks at countries including Uganda, Kenya and others. It references research that counters recruitment and conversion arguments.

Young people and the law in Asia and the Pacific: A review of laws and policies affecting young people's access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV services
Godwin, J.
UNESCO Bangkok (2013)

This systematic review covers how laws and policies govern young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV information and services in the Asia and Pacific region, as well as the ability of service providers to ensure these services are available and accessible to young people. It highlights examples of laws, policies and practices that are supportive of the rights of young people to access services and includes the views and experiences of young people. The report concludes with recommendations to create an enabling environment for young people.

Case Study: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Women Living with HIV in South Africa
Muller, A. and MacGregor, H.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS) (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 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

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. 

Practical guides

Sexuality, health and human rights: A knowledge-resource of jurisprudence and law
Westeson, J.
International Council on Human Rights Policy (2016)

This project maps and consilidates existing laws, policies and jurisprudence around the world related to human rights, sexuality and sexual health.

South Asia Regional Advocacy Framework and Resource Guide: HIV, Human Rights and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
UNDP (2013). South Asia Regional Advocacy Framework and Resource Guide: HIV, Human Rights and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Bangkok, UNDP.UNDP (2013)

This guide is designed to assist organisations in South Asia on advocacy priorities to address the legal and policy barriers that prevent MSM and transgender people from enjoying the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

The resources in this section have been recommended by colleagues at the Sexuality and Development programme at IDS and our global partners. If you would like to suggest another report to include here please email the details to spltoolkit@ids.ac.uk