Report – Assessing the readability and usefulness of research based narrative health communication material for SRH of HIV infected women

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“Let us give you some stories to read.”- Assessing the readability and usefulness of research based narrative health communication material for sexual and reproductive health of HIV infected women in western Maharashtra, India

From 2008-till 2013, Prayas in collaboration with Population Research Centre, University of Groningen, undertook a research project to study reproductive career of HIV infected women from a life course perspective. This study documented high prevalence of unwanted pregnancies and induced abortions among HIV infected women. It was found in the study that most unwanted pregnancies were due to lack of perceived need to use modern contraceptives along with condoms. The study highlighted the need to provide comprehensive reproductive health services to HIV infected women which probably need to go beyond the emphasis on condom use.

This study shows the need for health communication which goes beyond aiming at specific behavior change among PLHIV. Based on the findings of the study an empirical model of narrative communication (including its possible negative consequences) is presented in the summary along with the recommendations for further research and practice.

Author: Shrinivas Darak

Publication File: PRC Prayas report