Supporting HIV prevention and reproductive goals in an HIV-endemic setting: taking safer conception services from policy to practice in South Africa

Natasha ECG Davies, Lynn T Matthews, Tamaryn L Crankshaw, Di Cooper, Sheree R Schwartz

Safer conception care encompasses HIV care, treatment and prevention for persons living with HIV and their partners who desire children. In 2012, South Africa endorsed a progressive safer conception policy supporting HIV-affected persons to safely meet reproductive goals. However, aside from select research-supported clinics, widespread implementation has not occurred. Using South Africa as a case study, we identify key obstacles to policy implementation and offer recommendations to catalyse expansion of these services throughout South Africa and further afield.

March 10, 2017
Year of publication
2017
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serodiscordant couples, safe pregnancy, PMTCT, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), rights-based approach, pregnancy outcomes, HIV prevention, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), family planning, safe conception, South Africa

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