Volume 11 Supplement 3
Preconception care: preventing and treating infections
© Lassi et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
Published: 26 September 2014
Infections can impact the reproductive health of women and hence may influence pregnancy related outcomes for both the mother and the child. These infections range from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to TORCHS infections to periodontal disease to systemic infections and may be transmitted to the fetus during pregnancy, labor, delivery or breastfeeding.
A systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence was conducted to ascertain the possible impact of preconception care for adolescents, women and couples of reproductive age on MNCH outcomes. A comprehensive strategy was used to search electronic reference libraries, and both observational and clinical controlled trials were included. Cross-referencing and a separate search strategy for each preconception risk and intervention ensured wider study capture.
Preconception behavioral interventions significantly declines re-infection or new STI rates by 35% (95% CI: 20-47%). Further, condom use has been shown to be the most effective way to prevent HIV infection (85% protection in prospective studies) through sexual intercourse. Intervention trials showed that preconception vaccination against tetanus averted a significant number of neonatal deaths (including those specifically due to tetanus) when compared to placebo in women receiving more than 1 dose of the vaccine (OR 0.28; 95% CI: 0.15-0.52); (OR 0.02; 95% CI: 0.00-0.28) respectively.
Preconception counseling should be offered to women of reproductive age as soon as they test HIV-positive, and conversely women of reproductive age should be screened with their partners before pregnancy. Risk assessment, screening, and treatment for specific infections should be a component of preconception care because there is convincing evidence that treatment of these infections before pregnancy prevents neonatal infections.
Keywordspreconception infection HIV Sexually transmitted infections
Infections can impact the reproductive health of women and hence may influence pregnancy related outcomes for both the mother and the child. These infections range from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to TORCH infections to periodontal disease and may be transmitted to the fetus during pregnancy, labor, delivery or breastfeeding.
STIs are a serious universal reproductive health concern with the weight of the disease falling excessively on women, especially those who are young or socioeconomically disadvantaged. The World Health Organization estimates of syphilis infection among pregnant women stands at 2 million . Congenital syphilis can have devastating complications including stillbirth, premature birth, neonatal death, developmental delay, blindness, deafness and seizures. Similarly, gonorrhea during pregnancy is associated with chorioamnionitis, premature rupture of membranes, preterm labor and can potentially cause severe conjunctivitis in the newborn. Chlamydia too in the pregnant woman can have serious consequences for her neonate, including conjunctivitis and pneumonia. With timely detection and treatments prior to conception, thereby helping the mother-to-be to achieve an optimal state of health earlier, these maternal and fetal complications can be averted.
Initially, HIV/AIDS largely infected high-risk populations, such as commercial sex workers and injecting drug users. Currently, however, the demographic with the highest incidence rate is women of reproductive age . Women are at particular risk of being infected in stable heterosexual relationships, since they often lack the skills to negotiate safe sexual behaviors. Approximately 15.9 million women who are HIV positive today could potentially transmit the virus to their future children [3, 4]. Babies born with HIV are more likely to develop AIDS sooner and have more serious complications. Additionally, HIV-positive women are more likely to terminate their pregnancies, give birth to low birth weight (LBW) babies, deliver preterm, or experience stillbirths [5–8]. Perinatal HIV transmission still accounts for ≥90% of the cases of pediatric acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in the United States (US) . Although 18-40% of women in the US become pregnant after an HIV diagnosis [10, 11], forty percent of these infants are born to mothers who are unaware of their HIV status. Therefore, in addition to timely preconception screening, these women require close monitoring of the disease status and treatment protocol as the state of pregnancy does not make the disease worse and women with HIV can have healthy pregnancies. However, women with low CD4 counts or active infections may have more complications. Also, while highly active antiretroviral therapy is contraindicated in the first trimester, treatment with anti-retroviral therapy (ART) has drastically decreased the mother to child transmission in the past few decades.
Detection and treatment of STIs is inadequate without reducing risky behaviors (multiple partners, unprotected intercourse). Hence the current focus of interventions targeting STIs in women of child-bearing age, including HIV, focus on promoting safe sex behaviors and the provision of easily accessible contraception. This does not only empower women but enables them to plan their pregnancies until their infection has been eradicated (controlled in the case of HIV) and/or their treatment regimen has been optimized.
TORCH is another set of infections with serious neonatal complications, with congenital cytomegalovirus being the leading cause of hearing loss in children. The neonatal complications are more severe if acquired during early pregnancy and this necessitates early screening before the critical period of fetal organogenesis. Immunization against those infections that are vaccine-preventable would have greater benefit if they were also targeted to young women of reproductive age.
The incidence of STIs remains very high in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) being highest in urban men and women in their second to fourth decade of life when sexual activity is highest . Adolescents continue to be at high risk for acquiring an STI owing to a greater likelihood than adults of having multiple sexual partners, engaging in unprotected intercourse, selecting high-risk partners and older partners . Other risky behaviour that increases the incidence of STI includes substance abuse . STIs during pregnancy are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes ranging from early abortion and premature births to congenital infections and death [15, 16]. Many studies have shown between a two- and five-fold increased risk for HIV infection among persons who have other STIs , possibly increasing the occurrence of poor pregnancy outcomes even more.
STIs and especially HIV are a huge social stigma, compounded by lack of knowledge of safe and effective options and access to services or contraceptive products to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Options-based dialogues with their healthcare providers about integrated family planning and reproductive health care help enlighten and empower these women with regards to their reproductive choices.
This review deals with global evidence on interventions that have met with some degree of success in addressing the issue of infections in women of child-bearing age, especially STIs and HIV. It also includes current evidence on the success of vaccination, especially tetanus, in reducing neonatal deaths.
This paper systematically reviewed all literature published up to December 2012 to identify studies describing the effectiveness of preconception (period before pregnancy and between pregnancy) interventions for prevention and management of infections such as HIV/AIDS, STIs, cytomegalovirus, and periodontal infections and their impact on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) outcomes. Electronic databases such as PubMed, Cochrane Libraries, EMBASE, and WHO Regional Databases were searched to identify experimental and observational studies on the topic. Papers were also identified by hand searching references from included studies. No language or date restrictions were applied in the search. The findings were presented at international meeting [18, 19] and shared with professionals in the relevant fields of maternal and child health, following which results were updated based on current searches and expert opinion. Studies were included if they reported the effectiveness of interventions for prevention and management of preconception infections on MNCH outcomes. Methodology is described in detail elsewhere .
For the studies that met the final inclusion criteria, we abstracted data describing study identifiers and context, study design and limitations, intervention specifics and outcome effects into a standardized abstraction form. The quality of experimental studies were assessed using Cochrane criteria , whereas STROBE guidelines were used to assess the quality of observational studies . We conducted meta-analyses for individual studies and pooled statistics was reported as the odds ratio (OR) and relative risk (RR) between the experimental and control groups with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Mantel–Haenszel pooled RR and corresponding 95% CI were reported or the Der Simonian–Laird pooled
RR and corresponding 95% CI where there was an unexplained heterogeneity. All analyses were conducted using the software Review Manager 5.1 . Heterogeneity was quantified by Chi2 and I2, in situations of high heterogeneity, causes were explored and random effect models were used.
Sexually transmitted infections
This review assessed the literature pertaining to the effects of gynecologic infections in women in the preconception period on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) outcomes and interventions intended to reduce these infections and hence any associated morbidity/mortality. One essential point to keep in mind is the great overlap between interventions targeting STIs, HIV, teenage pregnancies and unwanted pregnancies (The latter two are discussed in detail elsewhere ). As far as was possible the data found was disaggregated to focus only on the effect of STIs.
For behavioral interventions, re-infection or new STI rates significantly declined (OR 0.65 95% CI 0.53-0.80) at 1 year after the intervention [32–34]. The Magnolia Case Management project also showed significant reductions in the incidence and prevalence of STIs by educating women about well-woman care and making healthcare more accessible . Schillinger et al.  found a non-significant 20% decrease in the risk of re-infection, with Chlamydia, among women in the patient delivered partner treatment arm than among those in the self-referral arm. On the other hand, Branson et al.  did not report any difference in the rate of new STIs among those receiving information, motivation and skills versus those receiving standard counseling. Similarly Boyer et al.  found no difference in new STIs six-months post skills sessions versus standard risk-reduction counseling.
HIV/AIDS prevention strategies
Although half of women who are pregnant and HIV-positive receive ART, little data exists on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) through interventions before pregnancy .
Reducing the burden of HIV in women of reproductive age will prevent transmission of the virus to the next generation and ensure that children do not lose their mothers to AIDS. This review assessed studies of any intervention in women age 15-45 who were not currently pregnant, that improved MNCH outcomes or reduced the incidence of HIV. It was previously postulated that participants in HIV prevention efforts might perceive their risk for transmission to be reduced. Multiple studies have since confirmed that various interventions- including risk reduction , ART , post-exposure prophylaxis , and voluntary counseling and testing (VCT)  increase safe sexual practices, even in people who are HIV-positive  which would presumably reduce HIV transmission. Hence this review also includes HIV preventive interventions that showed an impact on safe sex behaviors. Since the outcome of interest was reduced transmission, the review also included studies in which the outcome was incidence in men of reproductive age. The review did not, however, include studies where couples used assisted reproductive technologies (such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection or sperm washing) to conceive, since such procedures are expensive and not yet accessible to the population in general, even though they minimize the risk of transmission. Although the risk of transmission is much higher in certain groups such as commercial sex workers and intravenous drug users, the review only described some studies. Thus public health programs to prevent HIV must target men and women, adolescents and adults, couples and individuals, as well as focus more intensive efforts at high-risk populations and their partners.
Behavioral interventions to reduce the risk of HIV are heterogeneous and target different populations [87, 89], but broadly may incorporate HIV/AIDS education, condom promotion and skills, peer educators, skills to negotiate safe sexual behavior, address sociocultural barriers and personal risk reduction, counseling and testing. Overall, these interventions showed a beneficial impact through reduction of risky sexual behaviours, and on decreased STI incidence . It appeared that interventions are more effective for HIV-positive individuals [84, 85, 98] and serodiscordant couples as well as high-risk ethnic populations [77–79, 81, 82, 90]; and if they are multicomponent, based on cognitive-behavioral theory and provide participants with the skills to ensure safe sexual practices. It remains unclear whether interventions have more effect if targeted specifically by gender. Amongst intravenous drug users, interventions (except counseling) to prevent HIV infection do result in reduced injection and sexual risk behavior [80, 88, 91, 92, 94]. Risk reduction in this high-risk population through harm reduction, substitution treatment, and peer education is important to prevent transmission to the rest of the population.
Vaccine usage pre-conceptionally
Although vaccination has been a highly successful public health campaign, gaps remain in coverage. Immunization during the preconception period can prevent many diseases which may have serious consequences or even prove fatal to the mother or newborn. For example, rubella exposure during early pregnancy can result in pregnancy loss, stillbirths or congenital rubella syndrome. Further, live-virus vaccines are recommended in the preconception period because they cannot be safely administered during pregnancy; others have maternal benefits because they avoid treatment that might have adverse consequences for the pregnancy.
The review intended to look at the feasibility of vaccination of women while they are contemplating a pregnancy, focusing on how this may further decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with gestational infections and how such vaccination could be successfully implemented.
The evidence for preconception vaccination against rubella was from separate interventional studies for screening and vaccination, and from observational data of national vaccination campaigns. Antibody screening is not advised before vaccination since it has a high rate of false negatives [104, 107]. Premarital screening increases the rates of vaccination only when providers advise vaccination and offer it directly after counseling, or other motivation is provided with screening, such as a letter or brochure [106, 110, 111, 113]. National vaccination campaigns for girls and women are cost-effective or cost-saving, and even if vaccination occurs within a few months before preconception, the risk of the fetus developing congenital rubella syndrome from vaccination is at most 1.7% [103, 105, 108, 109, 112, 114, 115]. In only one trial was the rate of neonatal death higher in the vaccination arm (1.2% versus 0% in controls). Finally, if women are found to be non-immune after delivery, it is advisable that they be vaccinated in the postpartum period to provide protection for the subsequent pregnancy.
The advantage of administering the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer means that girls must be vaccinated before the onset of sexual activity . HPV vaccination provides further advantage, however, to young women and their newborns by reducing the possibility of preterm birth due to cervical incompetence and the rate of laryngeal papillomatosis in the newborn . In phase 3 clinical trial and post-licensure surveillance, the only significant difference in neonatal outcomes was found for miscarriage when Cervarix was administered within 3 months preconception [120, 121].
Periodontal disease and dental caries
Preterm birth and LBW is a leading cause of neonatal and infant mortality and morbidity. In attempting to reduce this burden of disease, it was first necessary to understand the mechanism by which preterm birth occurs; Goldenberg et al.  was the first to suggest that infection of the maternal-fetal membranes was responsible for early spontaneous preterm birth. While it was easily conceivable that direct infection, for example from bacterial vaginosis, could lead to preterm labor, around the same time Offenbacher et al.  demonstrated that periodontitis was also a risk factor for preterm birth.
Given the surprisingly high odds (OR 7.5) that maternal periodontal disease could result in preterm LBW babies, researchers sought to confirm this effect and examine whether improving maternal oral health would improve pregnancy outcomes. Systematic reviews incorporating epidemiologic and interventional evidence have not consistently supported the association [124–127]. Meta-analyses of risk aversion, however, seem to acknowledge the relationship (OR for association with preterm LBW ranging from 2.83-4.28; and OR for association with other adverse pregnancy outcomes including miscarriage, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia range from 1.10-20.0) with reservation [128–130]. Further, clinical trials that assess periodontal treatment have found differential effects on pregnancy outcomes . Reviews [132, 133] seeking to explain these inconsistencies have cited lack of uniform definitions for exposure and outcomes; failure to control for confounders that are known risk factors for preterm birth; the use of just a single session of treatment; and the possibility that ameliorating this risk might only improve outcomes in a subpopulation.
Since periodontal infection is presumably chronic, it is reasonable to suppose that prevention and/or treatment before pregnancy might help women maintain good oral health during pregnancy and prevent adverse outcomes. However, most risk-aversion studies and clinical trials have been conducted during pregnancy.
Oittinen et al. 2005  was the only study found that exclusively focused on pre-pregnancy periodontal infection and adverse pregnancy outcome (miscarriage and preterm birth not disaggregated) and showed an OR 5.5 (95% CI 1.4-21.2). Interestingly they found no effect for dental caries (OR 1.0). A cohort study  was excluded since periodontal treatment or prevention were not explicitly stated as being provided before pregnancy.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common congenital viral infection, and is a leading cause of congenital deafness and neurodevelopmental disability. Between 0.2 and 2.5% of all live newborns are infected . Ten percent of these will be symptomatic at birth, and of the remaining, another 10% will also go on to develop disease sequel . Managing children with the permanent consequences of congenital CMV costs over $300,000 annually per child, and more children suffer from such outcomes each year than from any other congenital defect . The annual seroconversion rate for pregnant women is 2.3% , and the greatest risk is incurred by newborns whose mothers acquire the primary infection during pregnancy (1% of pregnancies) since the intrauterine transmission rate is 40% or higher and decreases with increasing gestational age .
The propensity for newborns to acquire the infection from their mothers and the devastating consequences of congenital CMV infection has motivated researchers to try and develop a vaccine. Such efforts have been hampered, however, by confusion as to whether maternal immunity actually provides protection for the fetus- 60% of infants with CMV are born to mothers who were immune before pregnancy . This review, therefore, examined the neonatal outcomes for women who were infected pre-pregnancy, and therefore developed immunity to CMV.
The studies pertaining to preconceptional immunity to CMV and fetal infection were all observational (including cohort) studies. In one study , of 46 newborns to women with preconceptional immunity, 16 were infected with CMV. Sixty two percent (62%) of the mothers with infected infants versus 13% of those with uninfected infants had acquired new antibody specificities, indicating that maternal reinfection with a different strain of CMV could still lead to congenital infection.
Fowler et al.  showed that preconceptional immunity (seropositive at a previous birth) resulted in a significantly lowered risk (RR 0.31) of infection in the newborn. Shaamash et al.  also showed that preconceptional (not clearly defined, since blood sample taken during antenatal visit) immunity ameliorates disease, even if it does not block transmission with infants of 132 seropositive women all being asymptomatic- this includes 2 infant-mother pairs with recent infection.
Further research tried to delineate whether the timing of the primary infection in relation to conception was a risk factor: Daiminger et al. 2005  showed that women with primary infection 2 months to 2 weeks pre-pregnancy did not have infected infants, whereas women with primary infection in 1 week before to 1 month after conception had similar rates of transmission as those women acquiring CMV during pregnancy. These results are somewhat misleading, however, since exposure for 10 women could not be definitively categorized as preconceptional or periconceptional. The distinction between primary preconceptional (3 months before) and periconceptional (1 month after) exposure was also made by Revello & Gerna 2002  with a higher rate of congenital infection in the periconceptional exposure group. Fowler et al. 2004  also demonstrated that among mothers who seroconverted between pregnancies, the risk was greatest for those with birth intervals <24 months. Moreover, the risk may also depend on endemicity, indicated by maternal sero-prevalence rates .
More recently, Revello et al. 2006  showed that of 14 women who had primary CMV infection 2 weeks to 4.5 months before pregnancy, only 1 had an infected newborn (another 1 terminated her pregnancy). Hadar et al. 2010  confirmed these results (periconception defined as 1 month prior to 3 weeks after conception) in a larger group of women with primary infection. Zalel et al. 2008  however, studied 6 women with preconceptional immunity, all of whom had severely infected fetuses, proving that recurrent infection can be as hazardous as primary infection in pregnancy.
It is well known that the best time to identify and address risk factors for poor reproductive health outcomes for mothers and babies is not after but before conception through preconception care . Infections are one of those risks, because certain infectious diseases carry a real threat to mothers and the foetus in utero. STI are serious global reproductive health problem, the burden is high among women from poor socio-economic status. This review identified that mass treatment of STIs with antibiotics leads to a 22% reduction in its prevalence, and behavioral/counseling interventions, on the other hand, led to a 35% decrease in STI incidence. Interventions targeting STIs led to a significant 26% increase in condom use. This finding is in line with the systematic review  on effectiveness of condoms in reducing STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. A Systematic review by Shepherd et al.  on the effectiveness of behavioral interventions for prevention of STIs in adolescents and young adults also showed that behavioral programs bring about increase in knowledge and self-efficacy and changes in behavioral outcomes to a lesser degree. The review did not study the effects on MNCH outcomes, henceforth, it concluded that such school-based skills and information interventions play a significant role in improving overall knowledge about the subject, foster favorable attitudes and ‘behavioral intentions’.
Studies that assessed the impact of PrEP found non-significant lower incidence of HIV/AIDS, similarly, ART also found lower incidence of HIV/AIDS. However, concerns with PrEP include adherence, the risk of developing resistant viral strains, safety, cost and behavioral risk compensation. Condom use is scientifically proven to radically diminish the risk of HIV transmission, and condoms have the additional advantage of protecting against other STIs and unintended pregnancy . Since other contraceptive methods, especially those that are female-dependent, are not effective, there is a real need for methods to increase condom use among serodiscordant partners and other individuals that are high-risk for HIV transmission . Research should now focus on developing effective interventions, assessed through rigorous methods, to promote the use of condoms during all sexual exposures. It was also hoped that microbicides might provide a way for women to control their risk for HIV infection, however, microbicides do not provide protection from HIV and might even increase harm through increased risk of genital ulceration and injury. Voluntary counseling and testing, on the other hand, has also not shown to reduce the risk of transmission through unprotected intercourse; however it is still advocated for individuals to determine their serostatus, in order to better protect themselves and others [61–63]. Behavioral interventions showed a beneficial impact through reduction of risky sexual behaviors, and on decreased STI incidence. However, the reduction in HIV incidence was less convincing. The lack of consistent effect across studies might be due to differing sites and populations , and the use of different control groups. .
While there is a definite need for more HIV prevention interventions that are specifically effective in women, reducing HIV incidence in the general population will decrease the probability that women are exposed to HIV. Ongoing trials may provide evidence for pre-exposure prophylaxis and prove that treatment is effective as prevention. Men who are circumcised halve their chances of becoming infected, and of further transmitting it to their female partners STI, especially ulcerative types such as HSV-2, significantly increase the risk of becoming HIV-infected. However, pooling results of participants in randomized trials who only differed from the controls in terms of STI management did not yield significant evidence of effect. Screening and management of STIs is still promoted, because individuals with STIs have both increased biologic and behavioral risk. The components of behavioral interventions that increase likelihood of success in preventing HIV have been documented; however non-uniform reporting of outcomes limits comparison of effect for populations and high-risk groups. Even in endemic regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, there have been few interventions carried out in youth, who are at high-risk of HIV infection . Proof of efficacy must now be translated into effectiveness, through replication of successful interventions in various contextual settings and target populations, and reporting of standardized and biologic outcomes (especially HIV incidence).
A number of best practice interventions have been identified to prevent HIV infection in high-risk individuals . Adolescents are a special group with unique social influences, and are at extremely high risk. Many reviews have been conducted in this area, but data synthesis has tended to be qualitative, or has focused on a single type of intervention. It is crucial to note here that interventions which aim to prevent STIs including HIV, and teenage and unintended pregnancies, overlap to a large extent. Further, there is a lack of uniformity in the outcomes that trials report- for instance, some report STI incidence and others prevalence or repeat infections; and some discuss unprotected intercourse while others assess condom use at last intercourse. On the other hand, such outcomes may have been assessed in more than one way to ensure response accuracy. Surprisingly few trials report public campaigns as an intervention or HIV incidence as an outcome, despite evidence to show the high rates of infection and risky sexual behavior among teens. Preconception counseling should be offered to women of reproductive age as soon as they test HIV-positive, and conversely women of reproductive age should be screened with their partners before pregnancy. While many interventions have been tested they mostly look at endpoints such as safer sexual behavior. These would eventually have an indirect effect on possibly reducing adverse pregnancy outcomes, however the need of the hour are epidemiologic studies that better address the issue at hand - reducing STIs in women in the preconception period to have immediate and large impacts.
Tetanus vaccination (with Tdap) of women of childbearing age has been found to be effective in reducing neonatal deaths from the disease (48%), especially when immunization is complete. Immunization during pregnancy with tetanus toxoid is the general practice in current obstetrics guidelines. All women of reproductive age should receive immunization against rubella if they have no evidence of immunity. Rubella vaccination before pregnancy is safe, even in the periconception period, and protects newborns from congenital rubella syndrome. Clinical trials of HPV vaccination in the preconception period have been shown to be safe, and as national campaigns immunize more women, further evidence of benefit on preterm birth might be found. The effects of pre-pregnancy immunization on MNCH outcomes need to be compared with immunization during pregnancy. Also the duration for which these may be efficacious should be investigated, so that if necessary, women receive booster vaccinations before subsequent pregnancies.
While it is tempting to extrapolate the evidence for periodontal treatment during pregnancy to the preconception period, high level evidence is still lacking to prove that prevention or treatment of periodontal disease before or during pregnancy consistently prevents adverse outcomes. Further large-scale randomized controlled trials are necessary to establish that such therapy is warranted. Further, it must be noted that like many other interventions, such therapy might need to be a process that is instituted before, but continues throughout pregnancy, in order to achieve the maximum benefit. Currently, preconception screening and treatment of periodontal disease can only be recommended to improve women’s oral health.
Although the evidence is still far from concrete, it appears that preconceptional immunity does provide some protection to the fetus from CMV infection. However, recurrent or periconceptional maternal infection are as risky as infection during pregnancy. For the same reason, and due to cost constraints, maternal screening is also not advised unless the woman is symptomatic or there is evidence of fetal infection. While observational studies with larger sample sizes may provide clarity as to whether a vaccine could be effective, women of reproductive age should be counseled on how to reduce their exposure to CMV around pregnancy [136, 139]. Young children are the main source of CMV infection, and therefore women planning to conceive should be counseled to avoid contact with children’s saliva or urine, and wash hands thoroughly if such contact occurs. Further, women of reproductive age diagnosed with primary CMV infection should be counseled to delay pregnancy, although the minimum interval is not yet clear . Some evidence also suggests that CMV hyper immune globulin could be administered for both therapeutic and preventive purposes .
It is very important to address these infectious diseases in preconception period. Risk assessment, screening, and treatment for specific infections should be a component of preconception care because there is convincing evidence that treatment of these infections before pregnancy prevents neonatal infections; consequences to the developing fetus (syphilis); or transmission of an infectious agent with potential for chronic infection of the offspring (HIV). Given the association of periodontal disease with preterm birth in observational studies, trials to evaluate specifically the effect of preconception treatment interventions for these conditions are warranted.
Peer review reports are included in additional file 1.
The publication of these papers and supplement was supported by an unrestricted grant from The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
This article has been published as part of Reproductive Health Volume 11 Supplement 2, 2014: Preconception interventions. The full contents of the supplement are available online at http://www.reproductive-health-journal.com/supplements/11/S3. Publication charges for this collection were funded by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH).
- Schmid GP, Stoner BP, Hawkes S, Broutet N: The need and plan for global elimination of congenital syphilis. Sex Transm Dis. 2007, 34 (7): S5-S10.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Joint United Nations Programme on HA Unaids: Report on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. 2008Google Scholar
- UNAIDS: UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic. 2010, Available on http://www.unaids.org/globalreport/Global_report.htm [accessed on March 2013]Google Scholar
- UNAIDS: UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic. 2010, Available on http://www.unaids.org/globalreport/Global_report.htm [accessed on March 2013]Google Scholar
- Hankins C, Tran T, Lapointe N: Sexual behavior and pregnancy outcome in HIV-infected women. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 1998, 18 (5): 479-10.1097/00042560-199808150-00010.Google Scholar
- Markson LE, Turner BJ, Houchens R, Silverman NS, Cosler L, Takyi BK: Association of maternal HIV infection with low birth weight. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 1996, 13 (3): 227-10.1097/00042560-199611010-00004.Google Scholar
- Temmerman M, Plummer FA, Mirza NB, Ndinya-Achola JO, Wamola IA, Nagelkerke N, Brunham RC, Piot P: Infection with HIV as a risk factor for adverse obstetrical outcome. Aids. 1990, 4 (11): 1087-10.1097/00002030-199011000-00006.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Martin R, Boyer P, Hammill H, Peavy H, Platzker A, Settlage R, Shah A, Sperling R, Tuomala R, Wu M: Incidence of premature birth and neonatal respiratory disease in infants of HIV-positive mothers. The Journal of pediatrics. 1997, 131 (6): 851-856. 10.1016/S0022-3476(97)70032-5.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report. 1998, 10: 1-40.Google Scholar
- Stephenson JM, Griffioen A: the Study Group for the Medical Research Council Collaborative Study of Women with HIV. The effect of HIV diagnosis on reproductive experience. Aids. 1996, 10 (14): 1683-1687. 10.1097/00002030-199612000-00013.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bedimo AL, Bessinger R, Kissinger P: Reproductive choices among HIV-positive women. Social Science & Medicine. 1998, 46 (2): 171-179. 10.1016/S0277-9536(97)00157-3.Google Scholar
- Over M, Piot P: HIV infection and sexually transmitted diseases. Disease control priorities in developing countries. 1993Google Scholar
- Ikimalo J, Obunge OK, Babatunde S, Ikokwu-Wonodi C, Briggs ND, Kemp J, Dollimore N, Brabin L, Agbaje O, Hart CA: Sexually transmitted infections among Nigerian adolescent schoolgirls. British Medical Journal. 1999, 75 (2): 121-Google Scholar
- Crosby RA, DiClemente RJ, Wingood GM, Cobb BK, Harrington K, Davies SL, Hook EW, Oh MK: Condom use and correlates of African American adolescent females’ infrequent communication with sex partners about preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. Health Education & Behavior. 2002, 29 (2): 219-Google Scholar
- Eng TR, Butler WT: The hidden epidemic: confronting sexually transmitted diseases. 1997, National AcademiesGoogle Scholar
- Gounden YP, Moodley J: Exposure to human immunodeficiency virus among healthcare workers in South Africa. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 2000, 69 (3): 265-270. 10.1016/S0020-7292(00)00207-1.Google Scholar
- Laga M, Manoka A, Kivuvu M, Malele B, Tuliza M, Nzila N, Goeman J, Behets F, Batter V, Alary M: Non-ulcerative sexually transmitted diseases as risk factors for HIV-1 transmission in women: results from a cohort study. Aids. 1993, 7 (1): 95-10.1097/00002030-199301000-00015.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Dean S, Rudan I, Althabe F, Girard AW, Howson C, Langer A, Lawn J, Reeve M-E, Teela KC, Toledano M: Setting research priorities for preconception care in low-and middle-income countries: aiming to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity. PLoS Med. 2013, 10 (9): e1001508-10.1371/journal.pmed.1001508.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- WHO WHO: Meeting to develop a global consensus on preconception care to reduce maternal and childhood mortality and morbidity. 2012, Geneva: World Health Organization HeadquartersGoogle Scholar
- Dean SV, Lassi ZS, Imam AM, Bhutta ZA: Preconception Care: closing the gap in the continuum of care to accelerate improvements in maternal, newborn and child health. Reproductive Health. 2014Google Scholar
- Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Version 5.0.0 [updated February 2008]. The Cochrane Collaboration. Edited by: Higgins JPT, Green S. 2008, Available from http://www.cochranehandbook.org
- Brand RA: Editorial: standards of reporting: the CONSORT, QUORAM, and STROBE guidelines. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009, 467 (6): 1393-1394. 10.1007/s11999-009-0786-x.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Review Manager (RevMan). [computer program]. Version 5.0:. 2008, Copenhagen: Nordic Cochrane CollaborationGoogle Scholar
- Dean SV, Lassi ZS, Imam AM, Bhutta ZA: Preconception care: promoting reproductive planning. Reproductive Health. 2014Google Scholar
- Kamali A, Quigley M, Nakiyingi J, Kinsman J, Kengeya-Kayondo J, Gopal R, Ojwiya A, Hughes P, Carpenter LM, Whitworth J: Syndromic management of sexually-transmitted infections and behaviour change interventions on transmission of HIV-1 in rural Uganda: a community randomised trial. The Lancet. 2003, 361 (9358): 645-652. 10.1016/S0140-6736(03)12598-6.Google Scholar
- Mayaud P, Mosha F, Todd J, Balira R, Mgara J, West B, Rusizoka M, Mwijarubi E, Gabone R, Gavyole A: Improved treatment services significantly reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in rural Tanzania: results of a randomized controlled trial. Aids. 1997, 11 (15): 1873-10.1097/00002030-199715000-00013.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wawer MJ, Sewankambo NK, Serwadda D, Quinn TC, Paxton LA, Kiwanuka N, Wabwire-Mangen F, Li C, Lutalo T, Nalugoda F: Control of sexually transmitted diseases for AIDS prevention in Uganda: a randomised community trial. The Lancet. 1999, 353 (9152): 525-535. 10.1016/S0140-6736(98)06439-3.Google Scholar
- Livingood W, Brady C, Pierce K, Atrash H, Hou T, Bryant T: Impact of Pre-Conception Health Care: Evaluation of a Social Determinants Focused Intervention. Maternal and child health journal. 2010, 14 (3): 382-391. 10.1007/s10995-009-0471-4.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Schillinger J, Kissinger P, Calvet H: Patient-delivered partner treatment with azithromycin to prevent repeated Chlamydia trachomatis infection among women: a randomized, controlled trial. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2003, 30 (1): 49-10.1097/00007435-200301000-00011.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Branson BM, Peterman TA, Cannon RO, Ransom R, Zaidi AA: Group counseling to prevent sexually transmitted disease and HIV: a randomized controlled trial. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 1998, 25 (10): 553-560. 10.1097/00007435-199811000-00011.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Boyer CB, Barrett DC, Peterman TA, Bolan G: Sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV risk in heterosexual adults attending a public STD clinic: evaluation of a randomized controlled behavioral risk-reduction intervention trial. Aids. 1997, 11 (3): 359-367. 10.1097/00002030-199703110-00014.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Kamb ML, Fishbein M, Douglas JM, Rhodes F, Rogers J, Bolan G, Zenilman J, Hoxworth T, Malotte CK, Iatesta M: Efficacy of risk-reduction counseling to prevent human immunodeficiency virus and sexually transmitted diseases: a randomized controlled trial. Jama. 1998, 280 (13): 1161-10.1001/jama.280.13.1161.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Shain RN, Piper JM, Holden AEC, Champion JD, Perdue ST, Korte JE, Guerra FA: Prevention of gonorrhea and chlamydia through behavioral intervention: results of a two-year controlled randomized trial in minority women. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2004, 31 (7): 401-10.1097/01.olq.0000135301.97350.84.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Shain RN, Piper JM, Newton ER, Perdue ST, Ramos R, Champion JD, Guerra FA: A randomized, controlled trial of a behavioral intervention to prevent sexually transmitted disease among minority women. New England Journal of Medicine. 1999, 340 (2): 93-10.1056/NEJM199901143400203.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Grosskurth H, Todd J, Mwijarubi E, Mayaud P, Nicoll A: Impact of improved treatment of sexually transmitted diseases on HIV infection in rural Tanzania: randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 1995, 346 (8974): 530-536. 10.1016/S0140-6736(95)91380-7.Google Scholar
- van Deventer HW, Hall MD, Orlowski RZ, Mitchell BS, Berkowitz LR, Hogan C, Dunphy CH, Koehler J, Shea TC: Clinical course of thrombocytopenia in patients treated with imatinib mesylate for accelerated phase chronic myelogenous leukemia. American journal of hematology. 2002, 71 (3): 184-190. 10.1002/ajh.10215.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Hanenberg RS, Sokal DC, Rojanapithayakorn W, Kunasol P: Impact of Thailand's HIV-control programme as indicated by the decline of sexually transmitted diseases. Lancet. 1994, 344 (8917): 243-245. 10.1016/S0140-6736(94)93004-X.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- WHO: Consultation on Antiretroviral Treatment for Prevention of HIV Transmission. Meeting Report. 2009, Geneva, SwitzerlandGoogle Scholar
- Smoak ND, Scott-Sheldon LAJ, Johnson BT, Carey MP: Sexual risk reduction interventions do not inadvertently increase the overall frequency of sexual behavior: a meta-analysis of 174 studies with 116,735 participants. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 2006, 41 (3): 374-10.1097/01.qai.0000185575.36591.fc.Google Scholar
- Crepaz N, Hart TA, Marks G: Highly active antiretroviral therapy and sexual risk behavior. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. 2004, 292 (2): 224-10.1001/jama.292.2.224.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Martin JN, Roland ME, Neilands TB, Krone MR, Bamberger JD, Kohn RP, Chesney MA, Franses K, Kahn JO, Coates TJ: Use of postexposure prophylaxis against HIV infection following sexual exposure does not lead to increases in high-risk behavior. Aids. 2004, 18 (5): 787-10.1097/00002030-200403260-00010.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Higgins D: Evidence for the effects of VCT on behaviour. JAMA. 1991, 266: 2419-2429. 10.1001/jama.1991.03470170107033.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Kennedy C, O Reilly K, Medley A, Sweat M: The impact of HIV treatment on risk behaviour in developing countries: a systematic review. AIDS care. 2007, 19 (6): 707-720. 10.1080/09540120701203261.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bunnell R, Ekwaru JP, Solberg P, Wamai N, Bikaako-Kajura W, Were W, Coutinho A, Liechty C, Madraa E, Rutherford G: Changes in sexual behavior and risk of HIV transmission after antiretroviral therapy and prevention interventions in rural Uganda. Aids. 2006, 20 (1): 85-10.1097/01.aids.0000196566.40702.28.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Matthews LT, Baeten JM, Celum C, Bangsberg DR: Periconception pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV transmission: benefits, risks, and challenges to implementation. AIDS. 2010, 24 (13): 1975-10.1097/QAD.0b013e32833bedeb.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Peterson L, Taylor D, Roddy R, Belai G, Phillips P, Nanda K, Grant R, Clarke EEK, Doh AS, Ridzon R: Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for prevention of HIV infection in women: a phase 2, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. PLoS Hub for Clinical Trials. 2007, 2 (5): e27-10.1371/journal.pctr.0020027.Google Scholar
- Auvert B, Taljaard D, Lagarde E, Sobngwi-Tambekou J, Sitta R, Puren A: Randomized, controlled intervention trial of male circumcision for reduction of HIV infection risk: the ANRS 1265 Trial. PLoS Medicine. 2005, 2 (11): 1112-Google Scholar
- Bailey RC, Moses S, Parker CB, Agot K, Maclean I, Krieger JN, Williams CFM, Campbell RT, Ndinya-Achola JO: Male circumcision for HIV prevention in young men in Kisumu, Kenya: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 2007, 369 (9562): 643-656. 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60312-2.Google Scholar
- Gray RH, Kigozi G, Serwadda D, Makumbi F, Watya S, Nalugoda F, Kiwanuka N, Moulton LH, Chaudhary MA, Chen MZ: Male circumcision for HIV prevention in men in Rakai, Uganda: a randomised trial. The Lancet. 2007, 369 (9562): 657-666. 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60313-4.Google Scholar
- Wawer MJ, Makumbi F, Kigozi G, Serwadda D, Watya S, Nalugoda F, Buwembo D, Ssempijja V, Kiwanuka N, Moulton LH: Circumcision in HIV-infected men and its effect on HIV transmission to female partners in Rakai, Uganda: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 2009, 374 (9685): 229-237. 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60998-3.Google Scholar
- Weiss HA, Quigley MA, Hayes RJ: Male circumcision and risk of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Aids. 2000, 14 (15): 2361-10.1097/00002030-200010200-00018.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Karim SA, Coletti A, Richardson B, Ramjee G, Hoffman I, Chirenje M, Taha T, Kapina M, Maslankowski L, Soto-Torres L: Safety and effectiveness of vaginal microbicides BufferGel and 0.5% PRO 2000/5 gel for the prevention of HIV infection in women: results of the HPTN 035 trial. 2009, 8-11.Google Scholar
- Abdool Karim Q, Abdool Karim SS, Frohlich JA, Grobler AC, Baxter C, Mansoor LE, Kharsany A, Sibeko S, Mlisana KP, Omar Z: Effectiveness and safety of tenofovir gel, an antiretroviral microbicide, for the prevention of HIV infection in women. Science. 2010, 329 (5996): 1168-10.1126/science.1193748.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- McCormack S, Ramjee G, Kamali A, Rees H, Crook AM, Gafos M, Jentsch U, Pool R, Chisembele M, Kapiga S: PRO2000 vaginal gel for prevention of HIV-1 infection (Microbicides Development Programme 301): a phase 3, randomised, double-blind, parallel-group trial. The Lancet. 2010, 376 (9749): 1329-1337. 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61086-0.Google Scholar
- Skoler-Karpoff S, Ramjee G, Ahmed K, Altini L, Plagianos MG, Friedland B, Govender S, De Kock A, Cassim N, Palanee T: Efficacy of Carraguard for prevention of HIV infection in women in South Africa: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The Lancet. 2008, 372 (9654): 1977-1987. 10.1016/S0140-6736(08)61842-5.Google Scholar
- Ahmed S, Lutalo T, Wawer M, Serwadda D, Sewankambo NK, Nalugoda F, Makumbi F, Wabwire-Mangen F, Kiwanuka N, Kigozi G: HIV incidence and sexually transmitted disease prevalence associated with condom use: a population study in Rakai, Uganda. Aids. 2001, 15 (16): 2171-10.1097/00002030-200111090-00013.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Davis KR, Weller SC: The effectiveness of condoms in reducing heterosexual transmission of HIV. Family Planning Perspectives. 1999, 31 (6): 272-279. 10.2307/2991537.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Pinkerton SD, Abramson PR: Effectiveness of condoms in preventing HIV transmission. Social Science & Medicine. 1997, 44 (9): 1303-1312. 10.1016/S0277-9536(96)00258-4.Google Scholar
- Weller S, Davis K: Condom effectiveness in reducing heterosexual HIV transmission. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002, 1: 1-22.Google Scholar
- Padian NS, van der Straten A, Ramjee G, Chipato T, de Bruyn G, Blanchard K, Shiboski S, Montgomery ET, Fancher H, Cheng H: Diaphragm and lubricant gel for prevention of HIV acquisition in southern African women: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 2007, 370 (9583): 251-261. 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60950-7.Google Scholar
- Coates TJ: Efficacy of voluntary HIV-1 counselling and testing in individuals and couples in Kenya, Tanzania, and Trinidad: a randomised trial. Lancet. 2000, 356 (9224): 103-112.Google Scholar
- Denison JA, O’Reilly KR, Schmid GP, Kennedy CE, Sweat MD: HIV voluntary counseling and testing and behavioral risk reduction in developing countries: a meta-analysis, 1990–2005. AIDS and Behavior. 2008, 12 (3): 363-373. 10.1007/s10461-007-9349-x.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Vidanapathirana J, Abramson MJ, Forbes A, Fairley C: Mass media interventions for promoting HIV testing. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online). 2005, CD004775-3Google Scholar
- Celum C, Wald A, Lingappa JR, Magaret AS, Wang RS, Mugo N, Mujugira A, Baeten JM, Mullins JI, Hughes JP: Acyclovir and transmission of HIV-1 from persons infected with HIV-1 and HSV-2. New England journal of medicine. 2010, 362 (5): 427-439. 10.1056/NEJMoa0904849.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Goldfarb E, Donnelly J, Duncan DF, Young M, Eadie C, Castiglia D: Evaluation of an abstinence-based curriculum for early adolescents: First year changes in sex attitudes, knowledge, and behavior. North American Journal of Psychology. 1999, 1: 243-254.Google Scholar
- Jemmott JB, Jemmott LSweet, Fong GT: Abstinence and safer sex HIV risk-reduction interventions for African American adolescents. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. 1998, 279 (19): 1529-10.1001/jama.279.19.1529.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Trenholm C, Devaney B, Fortson K, Quay L, Wheeler J, Clark M: Impacts of four Title V, Section 510 abstinence education programs. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. 2007Google Scholar
- Boekeloo BO, Schamus LA, Simmens SJ, Cheng TL, O'Connor K, D'Angelo LJ: A STD/HIV prevention trial among adolescents in managed care. Pediatrics. 1999, 103 (1): 107-10.1542/peds.103.1.107.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- DiIorio C, Resnicow K, McCarty F, De AK, Dudley WN, Wang DT, Denzmore P: Keepin'it REAL!: Results of a mother-adolescent HIV prevention program. Nursing research. 2006, 55 (1): 43-10.1097/00006199-200601000-00006.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Kirby D, Korpi M, Barth RP, Cagampang HH: The impact of the Postponing Sexual Involvement curriculum among youths in California. Family Planning Perspectives. 1997, 29 (3): 100-108. 10.2307/2953331.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Philliber S, Kaye J, Herrling S: The national evaluation of the Children’s Aid Society Carrera-Model Program to prevent teen pregnancy. Accord, NY: Philliber Research Associates. 2001Google Scholar
- Sikkema KJ, Anderson ES, Kelly JA, Winett RA, Gore-Felton C, Roffman RA, Heckman TG, Graves K, Hoffmann RG, Brondino MJ: Outcomes of a randomized, controlled community-level HIV prevention intervention for adolescents in low-income housing developments. Aids. 2005, 19 (14): 1509-10.1097/01.aids.0000183128.39701.34.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Stanton BF, Xiaoming LI, Ricardo I, Galbraith J, Feigelman S, Kaljee L: A randomized, controlled effectiveness trial of an AIDS prevention program for low-income African-American youths. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine. 1996, 150 (4): 363-372. 10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170290029004.Google Scholar
- Stanton B, Harris C, Cottrell L, Li X, Gibson C, Guo J, Pack R, Galbraith J, Pendleton S, Wu Y: Trial of an urban adolescent sexual risk-reduction intervention for rural youth: a promising but imperfect fit. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2006, 38 (1): 55-e25-55. e36PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Weeks K, Levy SR, Gordon AK, Handler A, Perhats C, Flay BR: Does parental involvement make a difference? The impact of parent interactive activities on students in a school-based AIDS prevention program. AIDS education and prevention. 1997, 9 (1): 90-106.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wu Y, Stanton BF, Galbraith J, Kaljee L, Cottrell L, Li X, Harris CV, D'Alessandri D, Burns JM: Sustaining and broadening intervention impact: a longitudinal randomized trial of 3 adolescent risk reduction approaches. Pediatrics. 2003, 111 (1): e32-10.1542/peds.111.1.e32.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Crepaz N, Horn AK, Rama SM, Griffin T, Deluca JB, Mullins MM, Aral SO: The efficacy of behavioral interventions in reducing HIV risk sex behaviors and incident sexually transmitted disease in black and Hispanic sexually transmitted disease clinic patients in the United States: A meta-analytic review. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2007, 34 (6): 319-PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Crepaz N, Marks G, Liau A, Mullins MM, Aupont LW, Marshall KJ, Jacobs ED, Wolitski RJ: Prevalence of unprotected anal intercourse among HIV-diagnosed MSM in the United States: a meta-analysis. Aids. 2009, 23 (13): 1617-10.1097/QAD.0b013e32832effae.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Darbes L, Crepaz N, Lyles C, Kennedy G, Rutherford G: The efficacy of behavioral interventions in reducing HIV risk behaviors and incident sexually transmitted diseases in heterosexual African Americans. Aids. 2008, 22 (10): 1177-10.1097/QAD.0b013e3282ff624e.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gowing L, Farrell M, Bornemann R, Sullivan LE, Ali R: Substitution treatment of injecting opioid users for prevention of HIV infection (Review). 2008Google Scholar
- Huedo-Medina TB, Boynton MH, Warren MR, LaCroix JM, Carey MP, Johnson BT: Efficacy of HIV prevention interventions in Latin American and Caribbean Nations, 1995–2008: a meta-analysis. AIDS and Behavior. 2010, 1-15.Google Scholar
- Johnson BT, Scott-Sheldon LAJ, Smoak ND, LaCroix JM, Anderson JR, Carey MP: Behavioral Interventions for African-Americans to Reduce Sexual Risk of HIV: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 2009, 51 (4): 492-10.1097/QAI.0b013e3181a28121.Google Scholar
- Kennedy CE, Medley AM, Sweat MD, O'Reilly KR: Behavioural interventions for HIV positive prevention in developing countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2010, 88 (8): 615-623. 10.2471/BLT.09.068213.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- MacNeil JM, Mberesero F, Kilonzo G: Is care and support associated with preventive behaviour among people with HIV?. AIDS care. 1999, 11 (5): 537-546. 10.1080/09540129947695.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Marks G, Crepaz N, Janssen RS: Estimating sexual transmission of HIV from persons aware and unaware that they are infected with the virus in the USA. Aids. 2006, 20 (10): 1447-10.1097/01.aids.0000233579.79714.8d.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Neumann MS, Johnson WD, Semaan S, Flores SA, Peersman G, Hedges LV, Sogolow E: Review and meta-analysis of HIV prevention intervention research for heterosexual adult populations in the United States. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2002, 30: S106-PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Noar SM: Behavioral interventions to reduce HIV-related sexual risk behavior: Review and synthesis of meta-analytic evidence. AIDS and Behavior. 2008, 12 (3): 335-353. 10.1007/s10461-007-9313-9.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Semaan S, Des Jarlais DC, Sogolow E, Johnson WD, Hedges LV, Ramirez G, Flores SA, Norman L, Sweat MD, Needle R: A meta-analysis of the effect of HIV prevention interventions on the sex behaviors of drug users in the United States. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2002, 30: S73-PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Semaan S, Kay L, Strouse D, Sogolow E, Mullen PD, Neumann MS, Flores SA, Peersman G, Johnson WD, Lipman PD: A profile of US-based trials of behavioral and social interventions for HIV risk reduction. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2002, 30: S30-PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wegbreit J, Bertozzi S, DeMaria LM, Padian NS: Effectiveness of HIV prevention strategies in resource-poor countries: tailoring the intervention to the context. Aids. 2006, 20 (9): 1217-10.1097/01.aids.0000232229.96134.56.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Copenhaver MM, Johnson BT, Lee I: Behavioral HIV risk reduction among people who inject drugs: meta-analytic evidence of efficacy. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2006, 31 (2): 163-171. 10.1016/j.jsat.2006.04.002.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Ksobiech K: A meta-analysis of needle sharing, lending, and borrowing behaviors of needle exchange program attenders. AIDS education and prevention. 2003, 15 (3): 257-268. 10.1521/aeap.15.4.257.23828.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Lyles D, Tien JH, McCobb DP, Zeeman ML: Pituitary Network Connectivity as a Mechanism for the Luteinising Hormone Surge. Journal of neuroendocrinology. 2010, 22 (12): 1267-1278. 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2010.02084.x.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Meader N, Li R, Des Jarlais DC, Pilling S: Psychosocial interventions for reducing injection and sexual risk behaviour for preventing HIV in drug users. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online). 2010, CD007192-1Google Scholar
- Fleming DT, Wasserheit JN: From epidemiological synergy to public health policy and practice: the contribution of other sexually transmitted diseases to sexual transmission of HIV infection. Sexually transmitted infections. 1999, 75 (1): 3-10.1136/sti.75.1.3.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wald A, Link K: Risk of human immunodeficiency virus infection in herpes simplex virus type 2–seropositive persons: a meta-analysis. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2002, 185 (1): 45-10.1086/338231.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gray RH, Wawer MJ, Serwadda D, Kigozi G: The role of male circumcision in the prevention of human papillomavirus and HIV infection. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2009, 199 (1): 1-10.1086/595568.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Johnson VA, Brun-Vézinet F, Clotet B, Kuritzkes DR, Pillay D, Schapiro JM, Richman DD: Update of the drug resistance mutations in HIV-1: Fall 2006. Top HIV Med. 2006, 14 (3): 125-130.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Black RE, Merson MH, Rahman ASMM, Yunus M, Alim ARMA, Huq I, Yolken RH, Curlin GT: A two-year study of bacterial, viral, and parasitic agents associated with diarrhea in rural Bangladesh. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1980, 142 (5): 660-664. 10.1093/infdis/142.5.660.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Koenig MA, Roy NC, McElrath T, Shahidullah MD, Wojtyniak B: Duration of protective immunity conferred by maternal tetanus toxoid immunization: further evidence from Matlab, Bangladesh. American Journal of Public Health. 1998, 88 (6): 903-10.2105/AJPH.88.6.903.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Newell KW: The use of tetanus toxoid for the prevention of neonatal tetanus in developing countries for the prevention of tetanus neonatorum. Bull WHO. 1966, 35: 863-871.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Yusuf B, Solter S, Bertsch D, Arnold RB: Impact of a tetanus toxoid immunization mass campaign on neonatal tetanus mortality in Aceh Province, Indonesia. The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health. 1991, 22 (3): 351-PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bart SW, Stetler HC, Preblud SR, Williams NM, Orenstein WA, Bart KJ, Hinman AR, Herrmann KL: Fetal risk associated with rubella vaccine: an update. Review of Infectious Diseases. 1985, 7 (Supplement 1): S95-10.1093/clinids/7.Supplement_1.S95.Google Scholar
- Enders G: Rubella antibody titers in vaccinated and nonvaccinated women and results of vaccination during pregnancy. Review of Infectious Diseases. 1985, 7 (Supplement 1): S103-10.1093/clinids/7.Supplement_1.S103.Google Scholar
- Gudnadóttir M: Cost-effectiveness of different strategies for prevention of congenital rubella infection: a practical example from Iceland. Review of Infectious Diseases. 1985, 7 (Supplement 1): S200-10.1093/clinids/7.Supplement_1.S200.Google Scholar
- Lieberman E, Faich GA, Simon PR, Mullan RJ: Premarital rubella screening in Rhode Island. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. 1981, 245 (13): 1333-10.1001/jama.1981.03310380037022.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Mayon-White RT, Bull MJ: Rubella antibody tests in family planning clinics. The Practitioner. 1976, 216 (1293): 317-PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Menser MA, Hudson JR, Murphy AM, Upfold LJ: Epidemiology of congenital rubella and results of rubella vaccination in Australia. Review of Infectious Diseases. 1985, 7 (Supplement 1): S37-10.1093/clinids/7.Supplement_1.s37.Google Scholar
- Miller CL, Miller E, Sequeira PJ, Cradock-Watson JE, Longson M, Wiseberg EC: Effect of selective vaccination on rubella susceptibility and infection in pregnancy. British medical journal (Clinical research ed). 1985, 291 (6506): 1398-10.1136/bmj.291.6506.1398.Google Scholar
- Serdula MK, Marks JS, Remington PL, Ibara CM, White MC: Premarital rubella screening program: from identification to vaccination of susceptible women in the state of Hawaii. Public Health Reports. 1986, 101 (3): 329-PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Sewell CM, Hull HF, Montes J, Ortiz A: New Mexico's premarital rubella test program. American journal of public health. 1986, 76 (10): 1250-10.2105/AJPH.76.10.1250.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Su SB, Guo HR: Seroprevalence of rubella among women of childbearing age in Taiwan after nationwide vaccination. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 2002, 67 (5): 549-PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Vogt RL, Clark SW: Premarital rubella vaccination program. American journal of public health. 1985, 75 (9): 1088-10.2105/AJPH.75.9.1088.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wang I: Seroprevalence of rubella infection after national immunization program in Taiwan: vaccination status and immigration impact. Journal of medical virology. 2007, 79 (1): 97-103. 10.1002/jmv.20764.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Dana A, Buchanan KM, Goss MA, Seminack MM, Shields KE, Korn S, Cunningham ML, Haupt RM: Pregnancy Outcomes From the Pregnancy Registry of a Human Papillomavirus Type6/11/16/18 Vaccine. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2009, 114 (6): 1170-10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181c2a122.Google Scholar
- Chongsuvivatwong V, Bujakorn L, Kanpoy V, Treetrong R: Control of neonatal tetanus in southern Thailand. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1993, 22 (5): 931-10.1093/ije/22.5.931.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Demicheli V, Barale A, Rivetti A: Vaccines for women to prevent neonatal tetanus. 2008, 2: status and date: Edited (no change to conclusions)Google Scholar
- Bar Oz B, Levichek Z, Moretti ME, Mah C, Andreou S, Koren G: Pregnancy outcome following rubella vaccination: a prospective controlled study. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. 2004, 130 (1): 52-54.Google Scholar
- Nasiri R, Yoseffi J, Khajedaloe M, Sarafraz Yazdi M, Delgoshaei F: Congenital rubella syndrome after rubella vaccination in 1–4 weeks periconceptional period. Indian journal of pediatrics. 2009, 76 (3): 279-282. 10.1007/s12098-009-0053-x.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wacholder S, Chen BE, Wilcox A, Macones G, Gonzalez P, Befano B, Hildesheim A, Rodríguez AC, Solomon D, Herrero R: Risk of miscarriage with bivalent vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18: pooled analysis of two randomised controlled trials. BMJ: British Medical Journal. 2010, 340:Google Scholar
- Garland SM, Ault KA, Gall SA, Paavonen J, Sings HL, Ciprero KL, Saah A, Marino D, Ryan D, Radley D: Pregnancy and infant outcomes in the clinical trials of a human papillomavirus type 6/11/16/18 vaccine: a combined analysis of five randomized controlled trials. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2009, 114 (6): 1179-10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181c2ca21.Google Scholar
- Goldenberg RL, Thom E, Moawad AH, Johnson F, Roberts J, Caritis SN: The preterm prediction study: fetal fibronectin, bacterial vaginosis, and peripartum infection. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 1996, 87 (5 Part 1): 656-Google Scholar
- Offenbacher S, Katz V, Fertik G, Collins J, Boyd D, Maynor G, McKaig R, Beck J: Periodontal infection as a possible risk factor for preterm low birth weight. Journal of periodontology. 1996, 67 (10s): 1103-1113. 10.1902/jop.1996.67.10s.1103.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bobetsis YA, Barros SP, Offenbacher S: Exploring the relationship between periodontal disease and pregnancy complications. The Journal of the American Dental Association. 2006, 137 (2): 7S-PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Scannapieco FA, Bush RB, Paju S: Periodontal disease as a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes. A systematic review. Annals of Periodontology. 2003, 8 (1): 70-78. 10.1902/annals.2003.8.1.70.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Vettore MV, Lamarca GA, Leão ATT, Thomaz FB, Sheiham A, Leal MC: Periodontal infection and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review of epidemiological studies. Cadernos de Saúde Pública. 2006, 22 (10): 2041-2053. 10.1590/S0102-311X2006001000010.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Xiong X, Buekens P, Fraser WD, Beck J, Offenbacher S: Periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 2006, 113 (2): 135-143. 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2005.00827.x.Google Scholar
- Khader YS, Ta'ani Q: Periodontal diseases and the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight: a meta-analysis. Journal of periodontology. 2005, 76 (2): 161-165. 10.1902/jop.2005.76.2.161.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Vergnes JN, Sixou M: Preterm low birth weight and maternal periodontal status: a meta-analysis. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology. 2007, 196 (2): 135-e131-135. e137PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Xiong X, Buekens P, Vastardis S, Yu SM: Periodontal disease and pregnancy outcomes: state-of-the-science. Obstetrical & gynecological survey. 2007, 62 (9): 605-10.1097/01.ogx.0000279292.63435.40.Google Scholar
- Polyzos NP, Polyzos IP, Mauri D, Tzioras S, Tsappi M, Cortinovis I, Casazza G: Effect of periodontal disease treatment during pregnancy on preterm birth incidence: a metaanalysis of randomized trials. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology. 2009, 200 (3): 225-232. 10.1016/j.ajog.2008.09.020.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Han YW: Oral Health and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes–What’s Next?. Journal of Dental Research. 2011, 90 (3): 289-10.1177/0022034510381905.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wimmer G, Pihlstrom BL: A critical assessment of adverse pregnancy outcome and periodontal disease. Journal of clinical periodontology. 2008, 35: 380-397.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Oittinen J, Kurki T, Kekki M, Kuusisto M, Pussinen P, Vilkuna-Rautiainen T, Nieminen A, Asikainen S, Paavonen J: Periodontal disease and bacterial vaginosis increase the risk for adverse pregnancy outcome. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2005, 13 (4): 213-216. 10.1155/2005/642939.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Albert DA, Begg MD, Andrews HF, Williams SZ, Ward A, Lee Conicella M, Rauh V, Thomson JL, Papapanou PN: An Examination of Periodontal Treatment, Dental Care, and Pregnancy Outcomes in an Insured Population in the United States. American journal of public health. 2011, 101 (1): 151-10.2105/AJPH.2009.185884.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Rahav G: Congenital cytomegalovirus infection-a question of screening. IMAJ-RAMAT GAN-. 2007, 9 (5): 392-Google Scholar
- Revello MG, Zavattoni M, Furione M, Lilleri D, Gorini G, Gerna G: Diagnosis and outcome of preconceptional and periconceptional primary human cytomegalovirus infections. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2002, 186 (4): 553-10.1086/341831.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Hyde TB, Schmid DS, Cannon MJ: Cytomegalovirus seroconversion rates and risk factors: implications for congenital CMV. Reviews in Medical Virology. 2010Google Scholar
- Nyholm JL, Schleiss MR: Prevention of maternal cytomegalovirus infection: current status and future prospects. International journal of women's health. 2010, 2: 23-PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Ornoy A, Diav-Citrin O: Fetal effects of primary and secondary cytomegalovirus infection in pregnancy. Reproductive Toxicology. 2006, 21 (4): 399-409. 10.1016/j.reprotox.2005.02.002.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Boppana SB, Rivera LB, Fowler KB, Mach M, Britt WJ: Intrauterine transmission of cytomegalovirus to infants of women with preconceptional immunity. Obstetrical & gynecological survey. 2001, 56 (10): 611-10.1097/00006254-200110000-00011.Google Scholar
- Fowler KB, Stagno S, Pass RF: Maternal immunity and prevention of congenital cytomegalovirus infection. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. 2003, 289 (8): 1008-10.1001/jama.289.8.1008.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Shaamash AH, Mohamed IS, Hasan MA, Ibrahim MA: Preconceptional immunity to cytomegalovirus and the risk of symptomatic congenital infection. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 2003, 83 (2): 199-201. 10.1016/S0020-7292(03)00158-9.Google Scholar
- Daiminger A, Bäder U, Enders G: Pre and periconceptional primary cytomegalovirus infection: risk of vertical transmission and congenital disease. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 2005, 112 (2): 166-172. 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2004.00328.x.Google Scholar
- Revello MG, Gerna G: Diagnosis and management of human cytomegalovirus infection in the mother, fetus, and newborn infant. Clinical microbiology reviews. 2002, 15 (4): 680-10.1128/CMR.15.4.680-715.2002.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Fowler KB, Stagno S, Pass RF: Interval between births and risk of congenital cytomegalovirus infection. Clinical infectious diseases. 2004, 38 (7): 1035-10.1086/382533.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Kenneson A, Cannon MJ: Review and meta analysis of the epidemiology of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Reviews in Medical Virology. 2007, 17 (4): 253-276. 10.1002/rmv.535.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Revello MG, Zavattoni M, Furione M, Fabbri E, Gerna G: Preconceptional primary human cytomegalovirus infection and risk of congenital infection. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2006, 193 (6): 783-10.1086/500509.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Hadar E, Yogev Y, Melamed N, Chen R, Amir J, Pardo J: Periconceptional cytomegalovirus infection: pregnancy outcome and rate of vertical transmission. Prenatal diagnosis. 2010Google Scholar
- Zalel Y, Gilboa Y, Berkenshtat M, Yoeli R, Auslander R, Achiron R, Goldberg Y: Secondary cytomegalovirus infection can cause severe fetal sequelae despite maternal preconceptional immunity. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2008, 31 (4): 417-420. 10.1002/uog.5255.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Warner L, Stone KM, Macaluso M, Buehler JW, Austin HD: Condom use and risk of gonorrhea and Chlamydia: a systematic review of design and measurement factors assessed in epidemiologic studies. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2006, 33 (1): 36-51. 10.1097/01.olq.0000187908.42622.fd.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Shepherd J, Kavanagh J, Picot J, Cooper K, Harden A, Barnett-Page E: The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of behavioural interventions for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections in young people aged 13-19: a systematic review and economic evaluation. Health Technology Assessment. 2010, 14 (7): 1-230.Google Scholar
- Holmes KK, Levine R, Weaver M: Effectiveness of condoms in preventing sexually transmitted infections. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2004, 82 (6): 454-461.PubMed CentralPubMedGoogle Scholar
- Semprini AE, Fiore S, Pardi G: Reproductive counselling for HIV-discordant couples. Lancet. 1997, 349 (9062): 1401-1401.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Michielsen K, Chersich MF, Luchters S, De Koker P, Van Rossem R, Temmerman M: Effectiveness of HIV prevention for youth in sub-Saharan Africa: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized and nonrandomized trials. Aids. 2010, 24 (8): 1193-10.1097/QAD.0b013e3283384791.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Nigro G, Torre RL, Pentimalli H, Taverna P, Lituania M, de Tejada BM, Adler SP: Regression of fetal cerebral abnormalities by primary cytomegalovirus infection following hyperimmunoglobulin therapy. Prenatal diagnosis. 2008, 28 (6): 512-517. 10.1002/pd.2013.PubMedGoogle Scholar
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.