The Balanced Counseling Strategy Plus (BCS+): A Toolkit for Family Planning Service Providers Working in High HIV/STI Prevalence Settings is an interactive, client-friendly approach for improving counseling on family planning and prevention, detection, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV.
The BCS+ was adapted from the Balanced Counseling Strategy, an evidence-based tool for improving counseling on contraceptive methods. The BCS+ toolkit, developed and tested in Kenya and South Africa, provides information and materials to enable health care facilities to provide high-quality family planning counseling to clients who live in areas with high rates of HIV and STIs.
The BCS+ tools are generic and can be revised according to national and/or regional guidelines and contexts. Many organizations have used the BCS+ toolkit, in both original and modified formats, in their local service-delivery programs.
A related toolkit, The Balanced Counseling Strategy: A Toolkit for Family Planning Service Providers, is also available.