Masimba Biriwasha wrote a blog post on RH Reality Check today about the need to screen pregnant women for other STIs than HIV. She references a new study that was conducted in Cameroon on gynaecological morbidity--defined as "any condition, disease or dysfunction of the reproductive system that is not related to pregnancy, abortion or childbirth but may be related to sexual behaviour." Biriwasha says:
According to the study, titled "Gynaecological morbidity among HIV positive pregnant women in Cameroon," only HIV and syphilis are screened during antenatal care in Cameroon, despite the fact that HIV is known to be associated with other sexually transmitted infections.
There is a clear disconnect between practice and evidenced-based information which shows the infections that affect women during pregnancy. In itself, that disconnect between scientific evidence and actual practice is a trend common to many HIV and AIDS programs.
Check out her entire post here.