Preventing HIV during pregnancy and breastfeeding in the context of PrEP: Technical brief

World Health Organization

PrEP could complement established HIV prevention strategies for pregnant and breastfeeding women as part of a comprehensive package to reduce HIV infections among women and transmission from mothers to infants in settings with high HIV incidence.

This technical brief seeks to:

  • Summarise existing data on safety and efficacy for the use of oral PrEP in pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as women who conceive while taking PrEP.
  • Describe the rationale for offering PrEP as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention package that is integrated with PMTCT, antenatal and postnatal care programmes in settings of high HIV incidence.
  • Discuss considerations for offering PrEP for safer conception.
  • Outline a framework to strengthen HIV prevention during the antenatal and postnatal period for mothers, their partners and infants.
October 26, 2018
Year of publication
2017
Resource types
Guidelines and Policies
Tags
HIV prevention strategies, pregnant and breastfeeding women, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), WHO guidelines, PMTCT, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT)

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