UNFPA , along with the rest of the international community, strongly advocates for closer linkages between HIV/AIDS interventions and sexual and reproductive health care. The HIV epidemic is integrally linked to sexual and reproductive health: The majority of HIV infections are sexually transmitted or associated with pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Both HIV/AIDS and poor sexual and reproductive health are driven by common root causes, including poverty, gender inequality and social marginalization of key populations.
In 2010, PSI-C began partnering with local affiliates of International Planned Parenthood to build their clinical capacity, whilst looking at the community level, targeting the underserved to increase knowledge, social support, and demand for services and products. Meanwhile through community interventions, BCC educators trained by PSI-C, reach out to the most at-risk populations educating them about sexual health. BCC educators follow guidelines to provide referral cards/vouchers for redemption at partner clinics. When the voucher is presented at a partnering clinic, the client can access sexual and reproductive health services that include a variety of family planning options such as: oral contraceptives, injectable contraceptives, condoms and IUDs. Many have used this opportunity to not only access contraceptive services, but also Pap Smears, Breast Exams, VIA Screening, Prostate Exams, Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Tests all supported by PSI-Caribbean, which also contribute to NCD prevention.
PSI-Caribbean continues to promote and educate on the use of contraception through its versatile Got it? Get it campaign.
A UNAIDS Policy Position Paper. “Intensifying HIV Prevention.” 2005.