HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination in Rural Communities in Kenya: Experiences of Women Living with HIV

Unmet need for family planning (FP) among women living with HIV (WLHIV) is over 60%, compared to 18% among women in the general population. WLHIV experience various forms of stigma and discrimination (S&D), which have the potential to reduce demand for family planning (FP) services. As part of a larger project testing interventions to integrate FP into HIV services at the community level in Busia County of Western Kenya, this study explores the perceptions and experiences of WLHIV seeking FP and HIV services from community health volunteers (CHVs) in rural Kenya, to gain an understanding of how S&D affect their access and use of these services.

Presented at AIDS2016

Durban, South Africa

July 2016

Authors: W. Liambila, B. Mdawida, A. Jain, L. Reichenbach, C. Warren