184 chapter 8: Sexual health
To the health worker:
Include women with disabilities
in your health education classes,
and look for opportunities to share
health information with groups of
disabled women who are already
meeting together. Always respect
the privacy of disabled women.
Never talk about a woman’s
problem with others—not even
with her family—unless the woman
gives you permission.
• Explain how STIs and HIV/AIDS are passed and how to prevent them.
• Show how to use the condom for men and the condom for women
(see pages 190 and 191).
• Learn about the possible problems some women with disabilities may
have in taking certain medicines to treat STIs.
• Look for signs of sexual abuse when you see a woman for any health
• Make sure women with disabilites have access to counseling and
testing for HIV.
Health workers can let parents of disabled children know that children
who learn about STIs including HIV/AIDS will make safe choices later on
when they grow up and start to have sex.
A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities 2007