Contraceptive eligibility for women at high risk of HIV: Guidance statement


The World Health Organization (WHO) convened a Guideline Development Group (GDG) meeting from 29 to 31 July 2019 to review global guidance on contraceptive eligibility for women at high risk of HIV acquisition to and determine whether revisions to the fifth edition of the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) were needed. The issue was deemed critical, particularly for sub-Saharan Africa, given the high lifetime risk of acquiring HIV alongside the importance of hormonal contraception in offering women and adolescent girls’ choice and in reducing their risk of unintended pregnancy, a common threat to the health, well-being and lives of women and adolescent girls.

The GDG consisted of 28 participants from 19 countries, including experts in family planning and HIV, representatives from affected populations, clinicians, epidemiologists, researchers, programme managers, policy-makers and guideline methodologists.

September 2, 2019
Year of publication
Resource types
Guidelines and Policies, Programmatic guidance
hormonal contraception, Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) Study, ECHO study, depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), Depo-Provera, WHO guidelines, Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC)

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