Investigating the Role of Stigma on Fertility Desire among HIV-positive Women in Bangkok, Thailand

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Investigator: Natasha Mehta, DSc, MPH

Location(s): Thailand

Description

This study will investigate how stigma affects fertility desire among HIV-positive women in Thailand. Stigma and discrimination from healthcare providers and community members towards women living with HIV (WLHIV) is associated with challenges in engaging in care and treatment. Recent improvements in antiretroviral therapy have allowed WLHIV to have children with a substantially reduced risk of vertical transmission to their child. However, the role that stigma plays in affecting the desire of WLHIV in Thailand to have children is not fully understood. This study will survey and interview HIV-positive women of reproductive age and interview policy informants and healthcare providers.