Preconception care for people living with HIV: Recommendations for advancing implementation

Riley J. Steiner, Jacinda K. Dariotis, Jean R. Anderson, Sarah Finocchario-Kessler

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Globally, research has documented high fertility desires and intentions among HIV-positive women. Improving implementation of preconception care (PCC) for people living with HIV is critical, given estimates that the majority of HIV-positive women who want future biological children have not received reproductive counseling, largely due to a lack of provider-initiated conversations. This article offers initial recommendations and outlines key considerations for a research agenda to advance PCC implementation efforts in both high-resource and low-resource settings. We consider who should provide PCC; where it can be effectively delivered; when it should be offered; and two potential implementation models depending on available resources. We conclude with a call for PCC-specific implementation science and research translation to help people living with HIV achieve their reproductive goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S113-S119
Issue numberSUIPPL.1
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • evaluation
  • fertility preferences
  • HIV
  • operations research
  • preconception care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases

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