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 Population Council and other partners are currently in the process of updating the BCS+ materials to align with the most recent WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria, which was released in 2015. To date, the BCS+ counseling cards and the accompanying algorithm have been updated in a 3rd edition to reflect the latest WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria, and have added new and relevant counseling topics, including post-abortion care, women’s support and safety, adolescent counseling, and male services. The accompanying materials—the Method Brochures, User’s Guide, and Training Guide—are still being updated. Please note that the full set of the 3rd edition of the BCS+ counseling cards and accompanying materials will NOT be available until early 2016.