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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.

Published
05 February 2016
From
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.

Published
27 January 2016
From
RH Reality Check
Lessons learnt from the history of contraception are relevant for the implementation of PrEP

Achieving a widespread and appropriate use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will take several years and will require considerable attention to the shape and quality of health services,

Published
06 January 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Hormonal contraception safe for women with HIV and may have important health benefits

HIV-positive women can safely use hormonal contraception, according to research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Hormonal implants and injectable

Published
06 November 2015
By
Michael Carter
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.

Published
03 October 2015
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Implant and injectable hormonal contraception most effective methods for women living with HIV

Hormonal contraceptive methods are highly effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy in women living with HIV whether on antiretroviral therapy (ART) or not, according to an evaluation

Published
29 July 2015
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
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.

Published
12 June 2015
From
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.

Published
03 June 2015
From
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.

Published
01 May 2015
From
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.

Published
20 March 2015
From
Yahoo News
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