Blog Examines Study On Integrating Family Planning, HIV Services

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines a study conducted in Kenya by Daniel Grossman and Craig Cohen of the University of California, San Francisco, “to determine if integrating family planning services into HIV care and treatment improved the uptake of more effective contraceptive methods, which include oral and injectable hormonal contraceptives, IUDs, and sub-dermal implants. A secondary aim was to see if integration had an impact on pregnancy rates.” The study “showed that integrating family planning with HIV services is sustainable, as the program was handed off to the Ministry of Health after one year, yet a follow up study a year later showed progress was the same,” the blog writes and includes a video on service integration (Aziz, 12/4).