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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
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.

Published
14 January 2015
From
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.

Published
09 January 2015
From
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.

Published
07 January 2015
From
International AIDS Society
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
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