Dr. Natasha Davies, Safer Conception Clinician and Technical Specialist: Women’s Health at WITS Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, talks with HIVE’s Yamini Oseguera-Bhatnagar about her safer conception clinic in central Johannesburg, South Africa. The larger ARV clinic serves around 16,000 patients.
Dr. Davies says that her clinic, “started in June , and uptake has been pretty quick, we have 109 individuals now, 39 are coming as couples, but 41 are unaccompanied females.”
Dr. Davies’s clinic works with women around disclosing to their partners, but the clinicians understand that it can be financially or physically dangerous to disclose.
Yamini and Dr. Davies discuss the future of safer conception in South Africa and what she thinks needs to happen.
Dr. Davies explains why her clinic can’t do STI tests and must rely on screening questions, despite the risks involved.