n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Message from the Editor : editorial
|Article Title||Message from the Editor : editorial|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Jun 2014|
Most editions of SAJHIVMED are posted to you with a range of different inserts - materials sent in hard copy in addition to the Journal itself - related to different aspects of HIV prevention and treatment. Several times a year, this includes HIV Treatment Bulletin (HTB) South, an invaluable guide to recent developments in HIV medicine and antiretroviral therapy (ART). Other materials have included guides on specific aspects of HIV medicine, such as those assisting in the management of HIV-TB co-infection. With this edition of the Journal, we are sending a particularly important insert: the National Department of Health's new Contraception & Fertility Planning Guidelines. Experience over the last decade has demonstrated that unintended pregnancies are commonplace in HIV-infected women, and that preventing such pregnancies is a critical but neglected 'upstream' intervention to promote the health of HIV-infected women. In turn, these new guidelines place special emphasis on appropriate contraceptive choices for HIV-infected women, and feature integration of family planning services as a key intervention within HIV care and treatment programmes. Delivering appropriate counselling and contraception (when indicated) is a basic responsibility of every healthcare provider working in adult HIV services, and we hope that this month's insert will contribute towards this end.
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