IRIN/PlusNews Examines Stigma Surrounding HIV-Positive Pregnant Women
January 28, 2009
IRIN/PlusNews on Monday examined the stigma some pregnant women living with HIV face, particularly in Southern Africa. According to a study of U.S. women living with HIV released at the XVII International AIDS Conference last year, about 50% of the respondents said they believed women living with the virus could have children if the appropriate care to prevent mother-to-child-transmission is taken. However, about the same percentage said they felt society strongly discouraged them from doing this, showing what researchers call a "dichotomy between the women's views about their bodies and society's" views, IRIN/PlusNews reports. Emma Tuahepa, an advocate and the first woman in Namibia to publically disclose her HIV-positive status, said that pregnant women living with HIV in the country are still stigmatized, despite the availability of services to prevent MTCT for the past seven years. She said that women who are living with the virus are "seen as irresponsible in getting pregnant, in not looking at your own health ... you are seen as adding to an existing problem."
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