HIV Prevention in Family Planning
Data from 2015 indicate an estimated 25 percent of adults and adolescents aged 13 years or older living with a diagnosis of HIV in the United States were women. Women of color, especially black/African American women, are disproportionately affected by HIV infection compared with women of other races/ethnicities. Integrating HIV prevention education, testing and counseling into family planning service delivery is an effective strategy for increasing access to these services and detecting HIV infection among high risk women and adolescents. Title X-funded family planning centers serve clients at greatest risk for HIV infection including racial/ethnic minorities and low-income women.
All Title X funded agencies are required to provide, at a minimum, HIV/AIDS prevention education, including education on risks and infection prevention, and testing, either on-site or by referral. The extent of on-site HIV testing and counseling services in Title X clinics is based on the availability of funding.
Responding to the HHS Priority on Prevention, the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) has increased efforts to address HIV prevention integration as a part of Title X family planning services.
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Content last reviewed on August 3, 2016