PACPI is proud to announce our role as a partner in the Midwest HIV Pregnancy Planning and Prevention Initiative (MHPPPI), a multiyear project led by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The aim of the initiative is to reduce HIV infections and increase pregnancy planning among women in high HIV prevalence communities in the Midwest through building providers’ capacity.
MHPPPI will enable health care providers to better prevent new HIV infections among women by educating them about the spectrum of prevention tools. MHPPPI trainers and educators will place an emphasis on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a once-a-day pill regimen for HIV-negative people to protect themselves against HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and female condoms.
The project will also equip providers to support people planning pregnancies when one or both partners is HIV-positive. Information about options that can prevent HIV transmission between couples and the newborn (such as antiretroviral medications) will enable health care providers to better counsel and serve couples through their pregnancy planning process.
Other partner organizations include EverThrive Illinois, Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center (MATEC), and Planned Parenthood of Illinois.