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Access to sexual and reproductive health services: experiences and perspectives of persons with disabilities in Durban, South Africa

Pranitha Maharaj, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Sibusisiwe Mavuso, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Sexual and reproductive health remain sensitive and controversial issues, particularly when they concern persons with disabilities and women in particular. The aim of this study is to shed insights into the experiences and perspectives of persons with disabilities regarding their access to sexual and reproductive health services. The study draws on in-depth interviews conducted with men and women with a range of disabilities in a residential home in Durban, South Africa. Respondents revealed that sexual and reproductive health services are a big part of their lives. There seemed to be a huge gap between their need for services and their rights to access these services. Gender compounded the negative experiences for women with disabilities. Women mentioned that health providers appear surprised that they will need family planning services and they are not given choices about suitable birth control methods.

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Presented in Poster Session 4