Zika virus is spreading rapidly,and local transmission (mosquitoes spreading Zika in the area) is already occurring in several US territories and numerous other countries.
While, as of July 1, 2016, local transmission had NOT occurred in the continental US, it is possible that it will be transmitted there as early as summer 2016.
Providers of family planning services, including those in Title X clinics and in primary care sites such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, will play an important role in helping women and men make informed decisions about pregnancy and childbirth in the context of the virus.
Care providers can download a tool kit on Providing Family Planning Care for Non-Pregnant Women and Men of Reproductive Age in the Context of Zika produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs. This document was produced on July 1st, 2016 and will be updated as new research findings and clinical recommendations are published. Updated versions will be made available at www.hss.gov/opa
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer Zika Video Resources that can be viewed on-line, on a mobile device, or downloaded for presentation purposes.
The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) provides national leadership and coordination to improve the health of all people and communities, with the aim of promoting wellness and preventing illness and injury.
OASH oversees 12 core public health offices — including the Office of Population Affairs — as well as 10 regional health offices across the nation and 10 presidential and secretarial advisory committees.
OPA administers the Title X family planning program and serves as the focal point to advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Health on a wide range of reproductive health topics.