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Implementing pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention in women: the role of the obstetrician-gynecologist

Published:December 29, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2021.12.263
      Pre-exposure prophylaxis is a powerful HIV prevention tool that can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by >90% from unprotected sex and >70% from injection drug use. The peripartum period is a time of heightened HIV risk, which underscores the need for HIV prevention counseling and the provision of biomedical interventions in all stages of a woman’s reproductive life. It is important that women receive nonjudgmental care, have access to discussions of HIV risk, and are provided with pre-exposure prophylaxis counseling from their women’s health practitioners. Obstetrician-gynecologists and other women’s health providers are uniquely positioned to identify women who would benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis and provide it in trusted clinical settings.

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