Pregnancy planning + prevention
Approximately 75% of people living with HIV (of all genders) are of reproductive age. It is estimated that half of male-female couples that include an HIV-positive partner want to have children, yet too few people living with HIV are aware that they can become pregnant and deliver a healthy baby with little HIV risk to the negative partner or the baby. However, provider-patient conversations about fertility desires are simply not occurring with great frequency. Providers need to understand latest advances in HIV prevention, including PrEP and treatment as prevention, to make safer conception and pregnancy possible and more accessible than ever before. MHPPPI trainings and resources support providers in meeting the reproductive needs and desires of couples affected by HIV.
Provider tool: Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?
Antiretroviral-based HIV prevention strategies, including HIV treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), enable people living with and vulnerable to HIV to greatly reduce new infections.
PrEP offers significant promise for preventing HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than one million Americans are prime candidates for PrEP. As an option that can be used without a partner’s knowledge or approval, PrEP has the potential to reduce HIV acquisition among the nearly 468,000 U.S. women the CDC estimates would benefit from PrEP.
MHPPPI trainings and resources enable providers to effectively engage patients in discussions about their sexual practices; become comfortable and confident talking about prevention options women can control, including PrEP, PEP, treatment and female condoms; and strategize about how to promote this tool among women. MHPPPI seeks to ensure HIV-vulnerable women in its eight-state region are aware of PrEP, understand it is a safe and effective prevention option for them, and learn how they can gain access to this intervention.