UN Urges for Integration of HIV Prevention and Reproductive Health Services
A new report urges for the integration of reproductive health services with HIV prevention strategies to better address the global threat of HIV to women. The report, published by the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and the Joint United Nations Program of AIDS (UNAIDS) in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), calls for overcoming financial shortfalls and the resistance to acknowledge women’s and adolescents’ sexuality, reports UN News Service, because “reproductive health service providers could make a significant contribution in closing the gap in HIV prevention.”
According to the report, reproductive health providers have the knowledge and skills to adequately address the alarming spread of HIV/AIDS amongst women. In addition, these providers have access to reproductive-aged women, who account for nearly half of the adults living with HIV worldwide. According to the report, reproductive health providers could provide HIV counseling and condom promotion; prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases that could increase the risk of HIV transmission; and assist HIV-positive women in preventing unwanted pregnancies to reduce the chances of transmitting HIV to infants.
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The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .