Preconception Counseling and Care

What is Preconception Counseling and Care?

Preconception Counseling and Care meaning Ongoing education, care, and treatment to improve the health of a woman before pregnancy. Preconception counseling and care involves identifying and managing conditions and behaviors that could put the woman or her baby at risk. For women with HIV, this includes counseling on the risks and benefits of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV and to protect the women’s health. Preconception counseling may include advising an HIV-infected male on how to prevent HIV transmission to a female partner before and during pregnancy. Related Term(s): Mother-to-Child Transmission


reference: AIDSinfo – Glossary

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