Perspectives on safer conception practices and preconception counseling among women living with HIV

Jenny Jean, Alison Coll, Mallory Monda, Jo Nell Potter, Deborah Jones

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Abstract

Pregnancies are frequently unplanned, and higher rates of unplanned pregnancies occur among HIV-infected women. Reviewers examined reproductive decision making, conception practices, and patient–provider communication among women living with HIV. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 19 HIV-infected sexually active women aged 18–45 in southern Florida, USA. Using thematic analysis, we found decisions to conceive were influenced by women and partners; knowledge and use of safer conception practices were low. Discussion and support from partners, family, and providers was limited and diminished by stigma and nondisclosure. Preconception counseling discussions in HIV care should be comprehensive and initiated frequently by all health care providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1096-1118
Number of pages23
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume37
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2016

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  • Health Professions(all)

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