POZ Opinion: Another Miracle Baby, a Still-Broken System
Two Babies “Functionally Cured.” But to put treatment within reach to all pregnant women and newborns, we need to fix our broken healthcare system, and we need reproductive justice:
• We need Medicaid expansion in all states, and quality, accessible HIV testing and healthcare for all people (including the undocumented immigrants who are denied many of the promises of Obamacare).
• We need comprehensive mental health services and trauma-informed care for women and all other people living with HIV.
• We need policies and programs to allow women to access perinatal and health services that respect their human rights and that support them as parents, rather than using or threatening punitive measures, and
• We need to scale up comprehensive and combination HIV prevention strategies so women can protect themselves from HIV before, during and after pregnancy.
The Stigma of Sandy: Sound Familiar?
It’s imperative to listen to the voices of those who are living with the aftermath of Sandy, just as it is essential to have those living with HIV and those living in hard-hit communities leading our HIV/AIDS efforts.
Read more of Julie Davids blog : http://blogs.poz.com/julie/archives/2012/11/the_stigma_of_sandy.html