Pass reproductive health Bill to protect people living with HIV

By Juliet Owuor

Passing this bill into law would safeguard PLHIV against discriminatory treatment.

In Summary

•I strongly advocate for Sexual Reproductive Health and access to contraceptives, because it has positive health outcomes for women who opt for them.

•Contraceptives give you control over when to have children if you want to.

The East African Sexual Reproductive Bill 2021, aims to facilitate the attainment of the life-course sexual and reproductive health and rights of all persons in the Community.

It seeks to provide for the progressive realization of integrated sexual and reproductive health information and services as part of the universal health coverage of each Partner State and to prohibit harmful practices from the Community.

Having lived with HIV for 20 years, I have sometimes had to blindly accept procedures not out of my choice, but out of the standard practice of HIV care at the time.

This op-Ed was originally posted on The Star on June 28, 2022.