Developing a Safer Conception Intervention for Men Living with HIV in South Africa

Academic Article


  • Within sexual partnerships, men make many decisions about sexual behavior, reproductive goals, and HIV prevention. There are increasing calls to involve men in reproductive health and HIV prevention. This paper describes the process of creating and evaluating the acceptability of a safer conception intervention for men living with HIV who want to have children with partners at risk for acquiring HIV in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Based on formative work conducted with men and women living with HIV, their partners, and providers, we developed an intervention based on principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy to support men in the adoption of HIV risk-reduction behaviors such as HIV-serostatus disclosure and uptake of and adherence to antiretroviral therapy. Structured group discussions were used to explore intervention acceptability and feasibility. Our work demonstrates that men are eager for reproductive health services, but face unique barriers to accessing them.
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  • AIDS and Behavior  Journal
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    Author List

  • Khidir H; Psaros C; Greener L; O’Neil K; Mathenjwa M; Mosery FN; Moore L; Harrison A; Bangsberg DR; Smit JA
  • Start Page

  • 1725
  • End Page

  • 1735
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 6