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Can Women Living with HIV and Taking Antiretroviral Therapy Use Hormonal Contraceptive Methods?

An increasingly important issue is whether certain ART regimens are expected to have drug interactions when used with certain hormonal contraceptive methods. In theory, an interaction could affect the efficacy of either medication, or cause side effects or toxicity. If contraceptive efficacy decreases, the chances of contraceptive failure, unintended pregnancy, and the accompanying consequences increase.

Published
10 December 2014
From
K4Health
As strategies to prevent HIV and unintended pregnancies evolve, concepts of “multi-purpose technologies” raise a familiar question . . .

What do women want? While two trials test vaginal rings to fight HIV, market research highlights respondents’ interests in different options.

Published
14 November 2014
From
Science Speaks
Dissolving Tampons Deliver HIV Drugs (and Maybe Contraception, Too)

University of Washington researchers have created a discreet, quick-dissolving tampon out of silk-line fibers to protect women from HIV. The researchers would ideally like to develop a tampon to protect against HIV, herpes, and pregnancy — an all-in-one shield against the risks of sex. This could prove especially useful in developing countries, where women may not have easy access to other kinds of birth control.

Published
04 November 2014
From
Healthline News
Efavirenz compromises hormonal contraceptive implant

The widely prescribed non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) efavirenz substantially reduces levels of the hormonal contraceptive levonorgestrel, a component of a progesterone contraceptive implant widely used in

Published
03 November 2014
By
Keith Alcorn
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.

Published
30 October 2014
From
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."

Published
25 September 2014
From
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.

Published
15 September 2014
From
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.

Published
15 August 2014
From
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

Published
24 July 2014
By
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.

Published
23 July 2014
From
Thomson Reuters
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