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Integrating SRH and HIV & AIDS Services: Pathfinder’s Experience Synergizing Health Initiatives

Integration of family planning and sexual and reproductive health services with HIV & AIDS services is an essential step in effectively maximizing impact and resources to confront the raging AIDS
epidemic, elevated maternal and infant mortality rates, and the unmet need for contraception worldwide. A key component of sexual and reproductive health services, family planning services are traditionally aimed at young women and married couples of reproductive age, while HIV & AIDS services often focus on vulnerable groups, such as young men, transport workers, and commercial sex workers. This vertical, targeted delivery of services results in increased programmatic vulnerability to both HIV & AIDS and maternal morbidity and mortality. “Repositioning” family planning within the context of widening access to HIV & AIDS information and services is a crucial step in reducing this vulnerability. Furthermore, integrating family planning and sexual and reproductive health services and HIV & AIDS services expands the capacity and efficacy of health services by acknowledging a broader spectrum of interrelated health rights and needs.

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