Family planning providers' role in offering PrEP to women

Contraception. 2018 Jun;97(6):467-470. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2018.01.007. Epub 2018 Mar 9.


Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provides a radically different HIV prevention option for women. Not only is PrEP the first discrete, woman-controlled method that is taken in advance of exposure, but it is both safe and highly effective, offering over 90% protection if taken daily. While multiple modalities of PrEP are in development ranging from vaginal rings to injectables and implants, only PrEP with oral tenofovir/emtricitabine is currently FDA-approved. Family planning clinics provide key access points for many women to learn about and obtain PrEP. By incorporating PrEP services into family planning care, family planning providers have the opportunity to meet women's expectations, ensure women are aware of and offered comprehensive HIV prevention options, and reverse emerging disparities in PrEP access. Despite real and perceived barriers to integrating PrEP into family planning care, providing PrEP services, ranging from education to onsite provision, is not only possible but an important component of providing high-quality sexual and reproductive healthcare to women. Lessons learned from early adopters will help guide those in family planning settings initiating or enhancing PrEP services.

Keywords: Family planning; HIV prevention; PrEP; Women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Anti-HIV Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Emtricitabine / administration & dosage
  • Emtricitabine / therapeutic use
  • Family Planning Services* / methods
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis / methods*
  • Sex Education
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Tenofovir / administration & dosage
  • Tenofovir / therapeutic use
  • United States


  • Anti-HIV Agents
  • Tenofovir
  • Emtricitabine