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  • Hormonal contraception and the risk of HIV acquisition in women

    The World Health Organization will convene an expert review group later in 2016 to examine the links between the use of various hormonal contraceptive methods and women’s risk of HIV acquisition. The expert review group will assess whether current WHO guidance needs to change in the light of a new review of data, published in AIDS on 9 August 2016, which was commissioned by WHO.

    15 August 2016 | World Health Organization
  • Sub-Saharan women using modern contraceptives more likely to be HIV tested

    Women in sub-Saharan Africa who use modern contraceptives are more likely to be tested for HIV than those who do not, according to a study published April 25, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Katherine Center from the University of Arizona and colleagues.

    27 April 2016 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • An important step toward increasing global access to next-generation female condom

    Woman’s Condom achieves WHO/UNFPA prequalification: The Woman’s Condom, a new female condom designed to be easy to use and more acceptable to women and their partners, has been prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO)/United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The approval marks a critical step forward in expanding options for female-initiated dual protection from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

    09 March 2016 | PATH
  • God and condoms: perspectives on family planning and faith

    The subject of contraception is a hot topic in faith communities, which made for some exciting discussions at the recent International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia. The conference heard that contrary to popular belief, many faith-based organisations do support family planning as a process that helps improve people’s quality of life. For the first time, around 80 representatives from different faith groups attending the conference spoke of their commitment to continue informing and educating their communities on family planning. The consensus was that it is consistent with faith values, in order to protect the rights of women, children and families.

    05 February 2016 | Key Correspondents
  • The Latest Study on Depo-Provera and HIV: Far More Complex Than Most Headlines Suggest

    Because Depo-Provera is an important contraceptive choice and because in many parts of the world, it is the only long-acting, discreet option available to women, it is vital to take the issue of a link between HIV and hormonal contraception quite seriously while adding nuance to the discussion.

    27 January 2016 | RH Reality Check
  • Vaginal Infections May Help Explain Link Between Hormonal Contraception and Increased HIV Risk

    Hormones may alter genital tract immunity in a way that makes women more prone to bacterial and viral infections, while disturbances in natural vaginal microbes may also contribute to the association seen in some studies between use of hormonal contraceptives such as Dep-Provera and susceptibility to HIV infection, according to a laboratory study published in the online journal mBio.

    03 October 2015 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • HIV-positive women bear brunt of stigma

    South Africa’s first national HIV stigma survey has found that 7 percent of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will. About 40 percent said contraception use had been a pre-requisite to accessing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, contrary to national policy.

    12 June 2015 | Independent Online
  • FDA Asked To Add HIV Warning To Birth Control Label

    Nearly two dozen doctors and scientists have signed off on a citizen petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to add language to Pfizer Inc.’s Depo-Provera birth control shot indicating that the shot could increase a woman’s chances of being infected with HIV.

    03 June 2015 | Law 360
  • Tense debate over ethics of trial on link between HIV, contraception

    Thus far, most evidence pertaining to the use of Depo-Provera and the risk of HIV-infection come from observational studies, which can reveal whether two factors are associated with each other, but cannot determine whether one is causing the other to occur. Given this limitation, some scholars are looking to develop a randomised controlled trial, an experimental study that is better at determining cause and effect.

    01 May 2015 | Mail & Guardian
  • S.Africa HIV-positive women forced to sterilise: rights groups

    Doctors at some public hospitals in South Africa have allegedly coerced dozens of HIV-positive women to undergo sterilisation over the past three decades, rights groups said Thursday.

    20 March 2015 | Yahoo News
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