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Hopkins Report: Focusing on Family Planning Lessens HIV Impact
Date:9/22/2007

woman with HIV can use an IUD unless she actually has AIDS and is not well.

For women with HIV who are thinking about a baby, the new Hopkins report puts the risk in perspective. "Couples with HIV who are thinking about having children need facts on the actual risks and how to reduce the chances of HIV transmission," write authors Catherine Richey and Vidya Setty.

Without treatment, 15% to 30% of infants of women with HIV are born infected. Another 10% to 20% are infected during breastfeeding. ARV prophylaxis and appropriate feeding practices can significantly lower these chances.

"The facts in this report should reassure both HIV-care practitioners and family planning practitioners that providing family planning to women with HIV is not difficult and not dangerous," says author Catherine Richey. Co-author Vidya Setty adds, "It also should reassure practitioners that, if a woman with HIV chooses pregnancy, the risks of mother-to-child HIV transmission can be reduced if care is available, although they cannot be avoided entirely."

Family planning and HIV-care providers can use the 24-page Population Reports issue and its companion 8-page INFO Reports issue, "Women and HIV: Questions Answered," to:

-- Understand how HIV affects women's reproductive health,

-- Learn the latest evidence behind global guidance on family planning

methods for women with HIV, and

-- Help women with HIV think through the risks of childbearing and learn

how to reduce these risks.

Find These Reports and Related Resources Online:

The full-text version of this Population Reports issue is available at http://www.infoforhealth.org/pr/l15/l15.pdf

The full-text version of the INFO Reports companion issue is available at http://www.infoforhealth.org/inforeports/wome
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