Research Assistant: HIV and Reproductive Technology AccessSemester Course

Major Discipline(s)
Pre-Medicine / Health Science, Public Health, Sociology
Elective Course

Medical advancements have turned human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from a deadly disease into a chronic one, and the use of antiretroviral therapies and pre-exposure prophylaxis can limit the transmission of HIV to negligible levels.

People living with HIV who wish to have biological children will require some level of assisted reproductive technology (ART) to prevent partner-to-partner or mother-to-child transmission. They may also require further reproductive health assistance to address underlying infertility. However, many reproductive health clinics refuse to treat people living with HIV. These barriers often force people to seek treatment across borders and, in the European context, this raises questions about the responsibility for financing cross-border care.

You will examine how people living with HIV navigate the web of local, national, and European Union-level policies regarding the access to and financing of reproductive health assistance. You will also explore the issue from the welfare state perspective: how do norms and values about the right to health affect the experience of seeking reproductive care?

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Anthropology, Gender Studies


Rachel Irwin

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD. Social Anthropology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, 2014). MSc. International Health Policy (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2008). Postdoctoral research fellow in medical humanities at Lund University (2016-present). Researcher in global health at Karolinska Institutet (2014-2016). Researcher in health, development and security at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (2011-2016). Research assistant in health policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007-2011). With DIS since 2016.