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For HIV Care Providers

  • The Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines team recognizes that across Canada, people living with HIV receive their HIV care from Infectious Diseases Specialists, Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Nurses.  Within this community of providers there are varying levels of expertise in the field of reproductive health and HIV for a variety of factors. Included here are resources that have been developed to complement the 2018 Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines.  

  • The resources below are intended to increase familiarity and offer practical tools to use in practice.  

Are you interested in learning about all how to provide evidence-based and individualized pregnancy planning support to your patients? Check out the resources below.

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A clinical practice guide: What HIV care providers need to know about HIV pregnancy planning to optimize preconception care for their patients

November 2019


Background: This Clinical Practice Guide has been developed to support human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care providers’ use of the 2018 Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines (CHPPG) in their work with people and couples affected by HIV. HIV pregnancy planning has changed considerably in the last decade and requires a multidisciplinary team and HIV care providers are often at the forefront of the team. It is, therefore, important to have clear guidance on how to provide HIV pregnancy planning care. This Clinical Practice Guide is intended for both primary and speciality HIV care providers including doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Results: The 2018 CHPPG has 36 recommendations that we have packaged into five Standards of Care for ease of use. We have also included an initial algorithm that can be used with each patient to direct discussions about their reproductive goals. Conclusions: Pregnancy and parenting are increasingly normalized experiences in the lives of people and couples affected by HIV. While conception used to be a complicated decision, often heavily focused on minimizing the risk of HIV transmission, the current evidence supports more universal counselling and supports for HIV pregnancy planning. HIV care providers have a responsibility to be familiar with the unique considerations for pregnancy planning when supporting their patients. This counselling is critical to optimizing reproductive health outcomes for all people involved, including the prevention of unintended pregnancy.


The 2018 Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines

January 2018

The objective of the Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines is to provide clinical information and recommendations for health care providers to assist Canadians affected by HIV with their fertility, preconception, and pregnancy planning decisions. These guidelines are evidence- and community-based, flexible, and take into account the diverse, intersecting needs at the local and population levels based on the social determinants of health.

Wild Flowers

HIV Pregnancy Planning Clinical Counselling Algorithm

Launched Spring 2019

An easy counselling resource to guide your pregnancy planning discussions.


Pregnancy Planning Counselling: Clinician's Resource

Launched Spring 2019

Feel uncertain what to cover in a comprehensive counselling session on HIV and pregnancy planning? Use this step by step guide to inform your discussions with clients.

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Counselling Presentation

Developed by Dr. Mona Loutfy

This helpful presentation has been developed by Dr. Mona Loutfy, with support from the CHPPG Team.  It is intended for use by HIV care providers to ensure comprehensive counselling related to parenting planning.

The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Patients are encouraged to always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any medical questions they might have.

Please note that this presentation was developed in 2019, and information may change over time. While we encourage other HIV care providers to use this presentation, we request advance notice and approval prior to any changes, dissemination, or publication.  This will allow us the opportunity to review and/or flag any potential changes.

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