Guttmacher Institute outlines the changing sexual and reproductive health needs of people living with HIV as the disease has become a manageable chronic disease. Included is information on fertility issues and childbearing, prevention of unplanned pregnancy, and effective transmission prevention for discordant couples. The article also addresses common issues of discrimination and bias in medical and other settings (i.e. disclosure of HIV status without consent, coerced abortion and sterilization, and unwillingness to accept the sexuality of HIV positive people) that affect access to adequate sexual and reproductive health care. This article may be particularly useful to medical providers serving HIV positive people and to advocates seeking an understanding of common issues facing people living with HIV with regard to reproductive health.
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