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  • 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
  • The Latest Study on Depo-Provera and HIV: Far More Complex Than Most Headlines Suggest

    A newly published study is stirring up questions about the relationship between Depo-Provera, and other progestogen-only injectable contraceptives, and the risk of HIV acquisition among HIV-negative women. The study triggered a wave of headlines and tweets that boiled down the complexities and caveats of this analysis into an oversimplified statement: Depo increases women’s risk of HIV by 40 percent.

    14 January 2015 | RH Reality Check
  • Contraceptive injection raises risk of HIV, research warns

    Lancet analysis finds 40% increase in infection risk for women using birth control jab compared with other hormonal methods.

    09 January 2015 | The Guardian
  • PrEP works in women using injectable hormonal contraceptives and in their male sex partners

    Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with tenofovir or tenofovir/emtricitabine proved as effective in women using the injectable hormonal contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) as in women using no hormonal contraceptive. The same proved true of men whose female sex partners were using DMPA.

    07 January 2015 | International AIDS Society
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