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Author
Strachan, Molly; Akua Kwateng-Addo; Karen Hardee; Sumi Subramaniam; Nicole Judice; Koki Agarwal
Title
An Analysis of Family Planning Content in HIV/AIDS, VCT, and PMTCT Policies in 16 Countries
Imprint
POLICY Project, January 2004, 38 pp
Url
http://www.synergyaids.com/documents/FG_Policy_FPAnalysis_VCT_PMTCT.pdf
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POLICY Working Paper Series No. 9

Abstract

"Despite some attempts to integrate family planning with sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV/AIDS services, policies and programs continue to treat them as unrelated areas of intervention. Furthermore, international attention to the HIV/AIDS pandemic has overshadowed attention to family planning, particularly in Africa where the HIV/AIDS epidemic is most acute. Yet family planning is closely related to two components of HIV/AIDS services: prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and voluntary counseling and testing (VCT). Is there a role for family planning in the context of HIV/AIDS programs? This paper analyzes how international guidelines, national HIV/AIDS policies and PMTCT and VCTpolicies have addressed family planning in 16 high-HIV prevalence countries. It also describes major gaps in the various countries’ policy environment."

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