“Treat and Test”: PLHIV Network Testing for Accelerated Epidemic Control
Why ruling out pregnancy is universally recommended prior to starting hormonal contraception or intrauterine devices (IUD). When to rely on a pregnancy checklist, a urine pregnancy test, or simple delay of contraceptive method initiation until next menses to assess for pregnancy. The possible consequences of denying a woman immediate initiation of a chosen contraceptive method and rationale for a Quick Start of some contraceptive methods. How and why the job aid, How and When to Use the Pregnancy Checklist and Pregnancy Tests, was developed; culminating in its publication in the Family Planning Global Handbook for Providers (2018). The programmatic implications of providing clear guidance for ruling out pregnancy.