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Preconception Counseling - Initiating the Conversation About Your Patient's Reproductive Intentions

Current State: Thanks to advancements in treatments and drug regimens, HIV+ individuals are living healthier, longer lives. Since an HIV diagnosis is no longer seen as a death sentence, many HIV+ individuals desire to start or are starting families. Therefore, HIV providers must ensure that they not only start the conversation but they understand how to have the conversation with both women and men on how to achieve optimal preconception health and conceive safely. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of HIV+ men and women who have been counseled on ways to reduce HIV transmission risks in pregnancy.

The first step in this process, and the focus of this email, is understanding the fertility intentions of your patients. This can be accomplished in one of two ways:

Below are a number of resources, curated for you by MATEC, with recommendations on how to employ these in practice.

1) Provider* Initiated Conversation

2) Patient Initiated Conversation

3) Other resources for review and consideration

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Updated Thursday, July 07, 2016 at 01:33PM