The antiretroviral (ARV)-containing vaginal ring form of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that reduced HIV risk in a major trial does not lower the effectiveness of hormonal birth control. This finding assuages concerns raised by previous research that the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) class of ARVs has been associated with a lowered effectiveness of some hormonal contraceptives.
16 February 2017 | Poz
On January 23, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy via presidential memorandum. The policy requires foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning,” using funds from any source (including non-U.S. funds), as a condition for receiving U.S. government global family planning assistance and, as of Jan. 23, 2017, any other U.S. global health assistance.
24 January 2017 | Kaiser Family Foundation
The president has reinstated a contentious policy that blocks funding to international family-planning organizations unless they agree not to promote abortion.
23 January 2017 | The Atlantic
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
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
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
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
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
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
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