By Fungai Machirori, Civil Socity Observer to the 26th PCB Meeting
As a gender and HIV activist, getting the opportunity to attend the 26th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) meeting In Geneva, Switzerland, as a female youth observer was very important for me.
Coming from Zimbabwe where HIV infection leans more towards women than men, I am always aware of the need for women and girl’s empowerment against oppressive gender norms if my nation is to ever overcome the epidemic which still stands towering above us at over 14% prevalence.
Prior to the two-day PCB meeting, and as part of the programme, I attended a thematic session on integrating sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV services.
Quite honestly, I had never really thought of the intricacies of linking SRH and HIV services, although I had always known about the importance of providing HIV testing and treatment services within antenatal care for pregnant women and girls.
At the thematic session, however, I learnt just how far back we are falling on this.
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