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Iranian key informants’ perspectives towards gender sensitive STIs/HIV/AIDS prevention service delivery

Authors: Fatemeh Rahmanian, Masoumeh Simbar, Ali Ramezankhani and Farid Zayeri

Int J Med Res Health Sci.7-14 | pdf PDF Full Text

More than 340 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections occur throughout the world every year. The
average annual STIs growth rate was 17%from 1998 to 2006 in Iran. As this epidemic has progressed, relevant
literatures shown that, gender has a critical element in implementation and impact of these programs. Most
reproductive health programs haven’t integrated gender mainstreaming to their service deliveries. In order to
explore key informants perspectives towards gender sensitive STIs/HIV/AIDS prevention service delivery, this study
was done. Participants including health managers, health policy makers and reproductive health providers were
selected purposefully and continued by snow ball sampling. 43 semi-structured in depth interviews with 37 key
informants analyzed according to content analysis. Main categories were generated after processing and organizing
the codes. Key informants clearly explained the gender sensitive STIs/HIV/AIDS prevention structure in three
domains: training gender sensitive providers, facilities and management. In our country, transforming gender
neural to more complete gender sensitive STIs/HIV/AIDS prevention services needs structural reforms that make
these interventions more effective.
Key words: gender sensitive service delivery, prevention, STIs/HIV/AIDS

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