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close this bookAgenda for Action: Background Materials to the 4rth World Conference on Women (UNAIDS, 1995, 9 p.)
View the documentSummary
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentHow HIV/AIDS is spreading among women
View the documentEconomic subordination leads to HIV vulnerability
View the documentFemale biological vulnerability to HIV
View the documentImpact of HIV/AIDS on women
View the documentResponding to reality: agenda for action
View the documentDr Eka Esu Williams, Nigeria
View the documentReducing the vulnerability of women to HIV/AIDS
View the documentReducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on women
View the documentCaring for women with HIV/AIDS
View the documentConclusion
View the documentAnnex

Caring for women with HIV/AIDS

Increase the availability of support services for HIV-positive women who want help with reproductive decision-making and for women with children who need help with planning for their care:

· ensure that women have access to voluntary, safe and affordable contraceptive measures;

· support programmes to assist women with HIV/AIDS in family planning decisions and planning for their surviving families;

· ensure that HIV-positive women are not pressured or forced to be sterilized, and that pregnant women with HIV infection are not pressured or forced to terminate pregnancies.

Ensure that women do not carry the entire burden of care for people with HIV/AIDS:

· encourage men and women to share in the caregiving role, and support interventions that provide training for women and men in basic health care procedures;

· support community-based institutions that can provide professional alternatives to home care and respite care for primary caregivers;

· encourage families to keep their daughters in school, and discourage them from relying on adolescent girls for caregiving responsibilities;

· support programmes and interventions to assist women and men who provide foster care to children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS and other diseases.