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Oral contraception may become renewed option for HIV-positive women

Contrary to guidelines issued by the World Health Organization, new research has found that HIV-positive women receiving one of the most common forms of drug therapy should be able to use at least some forms of oral contraceptives for birth control.

22 hours ago
Oregon State University
PrEP, The Pill, and the Fear of Promiscuity

LGBT academic Ian Lekus compares the furore around PrEP with the one that met the development of the contraceptive pill: "Acknowledged or not, PrEP users — and for that matter, three decades-plus of HIV/AIDS activism — build directly on how the Pill’s early adopters challenged the presumed omniscience of medical authorities. The experiences of the Pill’s first users also remind us to keep a critical eye trained on those institutions and narratives that circumscribe the quest for balancing health, desire, and autonomy."

25 September 2014
Nursing Clio
Advocates Call for Full Funding of Research on HIV and Contraception

We call on the donors to ensure the ECHO trial is fully funded without additional budget cuts or delays. ECHO is a randomized clinical trial that would look at whether the three options—Depo, Jadelle, and the copper intrauterine device—affect HIV-negative women’s risk of acquiring HIV.

15 September 2014
RH Reality Check
The Weakest Link of HIV Prevention in Africa – Contraception

In the rush to save babies from HIV infection and treat their mothers, experts warn that a key element of HIV prevention is being neglected in Africa – contraceptives for HIV positive women.

15 August 2014
Inter Press Service
New analysis suggests increased risk of HIV infection for women using contraceptive injections

A sophisticated meta-analysis, pooling individual-level data on 37,000 women, has found that the use of DMPA injectable hormonal contraception is linked with a higher rate of new

24 July 2014
Roger Pebody
One in four HIV-positive women in Central America pressured to sterilise - study

HIV-positive women in Central America are being pressured to undergo sterilisation by prejudiced health workers and misled about the risk of the virus being transmitted to their unborn children, a study showed.

23 July 2014
Thomson Reuters
'Remote control' contraceptive chip available 'by 2018'

A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts. The chip is implanted under a woman's skin, releasing a small dose of levonorgestrel, a hormone.

08 July 2014
Unsafe sex: why everyone's at it

They pay their bills, hold down careers – so why are young people taking risks when it comes to sex? We talk to the women (and men) ditching contraception and trusting in luck.

24 May 2014
The Guardian
Study comparing injectable contraceptives DMPA and NET-EN finds HIV risk higher with DMPA

Women who used an injectable contraceptive called DMPA were more likely to acquire HIV than women using a similar product called NET-EN, according to a secondary analysis of data from a large HIV prevention trial called VOICE. The new analysis, conducted by researchers from the NIH-funded Microbicide Trials Network, is the first head-to-head observational study to directly compare differences in HIV risk between users of DMPA and NET-EN.

04 March 2014
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Hormonal Contraception + HIV + Limited Data = “A Public Health Conundrum”

Chelsea Polis, senior epidemiological advisor at USAID, has considered more questions surrounding hormonal contraception and HIV than most people know even exist and admits to being frustrated when people want simple answers.

12 November 2013
Science Speaks
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