Intersections at the Grassroots
A Reproductive Justice Analysis of Atlanta’s HIV Epidemic
The purpose of this report is to provide a critical Reproductive Justice (RJ) analysis of four major thematic areas shaping the HIV epidemic in Georgia, particularly in metro Atlanta. Consistent with SisterLove’s experience serving women of color impacted by HIV and other sexual and reproductive health concerns, we focus most specifically on Black women living with HIV. The report will highlight the following drivers of the HIV epidemic at the state and local level:
- social determinants of health, with a specific focus on race- and class-based economic inequity;
- lack of access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education;
- systematic biomedical inequity and access to biomedical resources; and,
- the restriction of sexual autonomy and self-determination through HIV criminalization and the policing of gender and sexuality.
We have selected these thematic issue areas because of their intersectional, multidimensional effects on Georgians’ lives— spanning individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels of lived experience.
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