Contraception as a medical countermeasure to reduce adverse outcomes associated with zika virus infection in Puerto Rico: The Zika contraception access network program

Lisa Romero, Lisa M. Koonin, Lauren B. Zapata, Stacey Hurst, Zipatly Mendoza, Eva Lathrop, Nabal Bracero, Meghan T. Frey, Katharine Simmons, Erin N. Berry-Bibee, Jackie Rosenthal, Laura Angel, Reema Bhakta, Turquoise Sidibe, Ricardo Torres, Linette Sanchez, Claritsa Malave, Alicia Suarez, Pierina Cordero, Pierce NelsonVerla Neslund, Rachel Powell, Melissa Bennett, Judith Monroe, Denise J. Jamieson

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Abstract

The Zika Contraception Access Network established a network of 153 physicians across Puerto Rico as a short-term emergency response during the 2016-2017 Zika virus outbreak to provide client-centered contraceptive counseling and same-day contraception services at no cost for women who chose to prevent pregnancy. Between May 2016 and August 2017, 21 124 women received services. Contraception was used as a medical countermeasure to reduce adverse Zika-related reproductive outcomes during the outbreak and may be considered a key strategy in other emergencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S227-S230
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume108
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2018

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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