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December 20, 2006

Contraception and Prevention of HIV Infection

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(23):2802. doi:10.1001/jama.296.23.2802-b

To the Editor: The JAMA Patient Page on preventing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in infants and children by Dr Brender and colleagues1 contained information on how women can prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. However, it did not address the essential component of using contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies for women with HIV infection. With appropriate supportive counseling and access to effective contraceptive and/or fertility services, women with HIV infection can make informed reproductive choices either to prevent unintended pregnancies or to enhance their chances of an intended conception.2