HIV Prevention in Family Planning
Data from 2016 indicate that one in five new HIV diagnoses in the United States are women. Women of color, especially Black/African American women, are disproportionately affected by HIV infection compared with women of other races/ethnicities. Women seeking reproductive health and family planning services who are or plan to be sexually active could benefit from HIV prevention services. Integrating HIV prevention education, testing, and counseling into family planning service delivery is an effective strategy for increasing access to preventive services and detecting HIV infection. For women living with HIV, family planning is an important strategy for preventing unintended pregnancies and for reducing new pediatric HIV infections by reducing the chance of mother-to-child transmission.
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.
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Content last reviewed on June 14, 2018