The importance of addressing gender inequality in efforts to end vertical transmission of HIV

Elena Ghanotakis, Dean Peacock and Rose Wilcher Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2012; Vol 15 (Suppl 2): 17385 Download publication

Programmes to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) are still being hampered by gender inequality. This is an upstream issue that this paper argues must be incorporated into PMTCT by policymakers and implementers.  

The paper highlights how gender inequality affects the ability of women and girls to protect themselves from HIV, prevent unintended pregnancies and access and continue to use HIV prevention, care and treatment services.

In the context of a policy environment that is increasingly open to integrated approaches, PMTCT programmes must embrace new strategies and expand beyond the traditional focus of delivering ARV prophylaxis to pregnant women living with HIV.

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