This literature review aimed to assess the impact of substance use on mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. Such a review was deemed necessary due to Saskatchewan’s unique HIV profile. Specifically, new cases of HIV in Saskatchewan are: (a) the highest in Canada; (b) most often associated with injection drug use (IDU); and (c) increasing rapidly in women of childbearing age (ages 15 to 39). The primary questions addressed in the report include: Why do substance use services need to be focused on to avoid MTCT of HIV? How does having a substance use issue influence high risk behaviours that can lead to HIV infection? How does having a substance use issue affect virus progression and impact the health of pregnant women living with HIV?
This algorithm provides Saskatchewan-specific guidelines for HIV screening in pregnant women prior to 36 weeks gestation.
This report presents the results of an environmental scan of available education resources focused on the effects of STIs, and their impact on fertility, pregnancy, and the newborn. Included is a preliminary assessment of the needs of health and allied health professionals in Saskatchewan for resources in this area.
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