Contraception use and Fertility in Women Living with HIV in Western Ethiopia

Name: Tesfaye Regassa Feyissa

Supervisors: Dr Melissa Harris and Professor Deborah Loxton


The aim of this research is to generate evidence to improve understanding of the contraceptive practices (and barriers to contraceptive uptake) among women living with HIV in western Ethiopia. With improved drug therapy and care and support programs, women living with HIV are living longer and healthier life and therefore require appropriate family planning strategies. Unintended pregnancies in women with HIV are currently occurring at a rate of 50%. Survey and interviews are being undertaken to explore contraceptive use and fertility in women living with HIV in western Ethiopia. The outcome of this research is to use this evidence to design family planning and to prevent transmission of HIV from mum to child by providing knowledge base for the design of family planning and support programs.

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