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Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention Booklets

A series of materials that aims to improve the understanding of Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention. These booklets were written to support organisations to promote the meaningful engagement of people living with HIV in decisions that affect our lives.

 

 

 

 

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention: What Does it Mean for Networks of People Living with HIV?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention: What Does It Mean for Me? 

 

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention for Women and their Babies

A treatment literacy guide for pregnant women and mothers living with HIV

Women living with HIV from eight countries have shared their expertise to shape the content and design of the guide and it was formulated in direct response to a call from communities for up-to-date, evidence-based resources.

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention for Women and their Babies: A treatment literacy guide for pregnant women and mothers living with HIV is intended for use by networks of women living with HIV, women’s groups, peer educators and others wishing to provide information and guidance to support women living with HIV through the decisions they will need to make before, during and after their pregnancy.

The guide has 12 modules covering issues ranging from human rights to treatment adherence and nutrition. It is made up of three separate tools:

  • facilitator’s manual
  • illustrated flipchart
  • accessible poster

The facilitator’s manual and flipchart are intended to be used together by leaders of support groups, peer educators or lay counselors to facilitate small groups or community sessions with women living with HIV. The poster can be displayed anywhere where it will be seen by women living with HIV and their families, such as: clinic rooms, church halls, waiting rooms and community education spaces.

This guide was developed by members of the Community Engagement Working Group (CEWG) of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) for Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Pregnant Women, Mother and Children, a group committed to strengthening global, regional and national partnerships and programs that address the survival of pregnant women, mothers and children living with HIV.

Malawi: Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention

Findings and recommendations from studies led by people living with HIV

This report presents the findings of the PHDP survey in Malawi. It describes the experiences of PLHIV in the context of the national scale up of HIV testing, care and treatment with highlights of the important linkages between prevention, treatment, care, support and human rights. This can be used to inform evidence based PHDP programming. The findings of the study were analyzed in relation to the following PHDP components: empowerment, gender equality, health promotion and access, human rights, prevention of new infections, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and social and economic support.

The research was carried out by the Malawi Network of People Living with HIV (MANET+), with support from the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), conducted a cross-sectional survey among PLHIV to document their experiences in relation to Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention (PHDP) which promotes holistic health and wellness, including human rights, legal protections, policy environment free of stigma and discrimination for PLHIV as well as access to HIV treatment, care and support services and by doing so contributes to the health and wellbeing of their partners, families and communities.

 

 

Policy framework to implement Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention highlights the importance of placing the person living with HIV at the centre of managing their health and wellbeing. As a step towards operationalising Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention, GNP+ and UNAIDS have developed Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention: A Policy Framework (January 2011). The Policy Framework provides the broad concepts that represent the first steps towards operationalising Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention.

The Policy Framework informs the development and implementation of operational guidelines that reflect linkages between a wide range of policies and programmes aimed at supporting and improving the health, dignity and prevention needs of people living with HIV. The Policy Framework has been developed through intense consultation with networks of people living with HIV, civil society, governments, UN cosponsors and donors globally.

The role of people living with HIV in new prevention technologies

This advocacy agenda is a tool for people living with HIV to advocate with other stakeholders in NPTs. It features six key points and is the outcome of the presentations and discussions at the consultation, as well as the working group’s recommendations. It is envisaged that this agenda is a work in progress that will evolve in response to the results of NPT clinical trials currently in progress as well as broader developments in HIV policy as it relates to HIV prevention and people living with HIV.

Positive Prevention by and for People Living with HIV

This working paper is intended to help build consensus among networks, groups and individuals living with HIV around what positive prevention means and how positive prevention can be better addressed within broader HIV prevention policies and programs. It will review existing conceptions of positive prevention, which have tended to center on the needs of people who are HIV-negative or who are HIV positive but not yet aware of their status, and which have mostly been developed by experts without the involvement of people who know they are living with HIV. This document will propose a different way to think about positive prevention, recommend specific services that should be included in a positive prevention package, and identify areas where further research and/or debate is needed.