Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
CAMPERO, Lourdes et al. Exercising sexual and reproductive rights: a qualitative study of heterosexual people with HIV in Mexico. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2010, vol.52, n.1, pp. 61-69. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342010000100010.
OBJECTIVE: To analyze experiences of heterosexual Mexican people living with HIV (PLWHA) related to the exercise of their sexual and reproductive rights. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Qualitative study based on 40 in-depth interviews with PLWHA in four Mexican States. RESULTS: Lack of support and counseling limits the exercise of sexual and reproductive rights by PLWHA, especially women. Principal limitations include feelings of frustration and confusion, fear of re-infection, scanty information, lack of power to negotiate condom use, social stigma and discrimination, and limited access to services and adequate technologies. CONCLUSION: To increase awareness and exercise of rights by PLWHA it is necessary to: improve sexual education; promote processes of cultural change to combat gender inequality and stigma and discrimination; and provide timely and scientific information about HIV prevention.
Keywords : HIV/Aids; sexual and reproductive rights; gender; human rights; Mexico.