AIDS 2012: Hormonal Contraception: The Role of Fertility Choice in HIV Prevention

AIDS 2012: Hormonal Contraception: The Role of Fertility Choice in HIV Prevention

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All women irrespective of their HIV status have a right to make reproductive choices and to access fertility counseling and contraceptives. Once pregnant, women have a right to effective antenatal care appropriate for their HIV status. For women planning a pregnancy, consideration must be given to their current HIV status, and for HIV negative women their risk of exposure to HIV. With PrEP as a possibility, the package of interventions for safe conception appropriate to the resource level of the health service must be now be considered. The use of contraception is a powerful public health intervention which reduces maternal mortality, improves infant and child outcomes, impacts on PMTCT and empowers women. In the context of significant HIV risk, consideration must be given to the risk of HIV acquisition, HIV transmission to an uninfected partner, the impact on HIV disease progression and drug interactions between hormonal methods and ARVs. In this session, the current evidence based thinking on all these issues will be presented and the rights framework outlined.


Helen Rees

Contraception and HIV Acquisition (HIV/HC)

  • Ward Cates, United States

Fertility and HIV

  • Dr. Vivian Black, South Africa

Pregnancy and HIV Acquisition

  • Nelly Mugo, Kenya

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights for HIV-Positive Women

  • Angelina Namiba, United Kingdom

Questions and Answers


Event Date

Jul 26, 2012

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