Hormonal Contraception + HIV + Limited Data = “A Public Health Conundrum”

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Chelsea Polis, senior epidemiological advisor at USAID, has considered more questions surrounding hormonal contraception and HIV than most people know even exist. Does the use of  injectable hormonal contraceptives increase the risk of a woman acquiring HIV? If a woman has HIV, does her use of an injectable hormonal contraceptive increase the risk that her […]

USAID brief on hormonal contraception: While questions remain, women at high risk and with HIV can use all available methods

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While evidence of a tie between some injectable hormonal contraceptives and an increased risk of HIV acquisition remains incomplete, that potential risk must be balanced against the life-saving benefits of preventing unintended pregnancy, a brief from USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health says. The brief, prepared in collaboration with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan […]

More data presented on the thorny issue of hormonal contraception and HIV transmission

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Investigators presented more data dissecting the link between hormonal contraceptives and HIV transmission and disease progression Tuesday at the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. Oral and Injectable Contraception use and risk of HIV acquisition among women, MIRA study Dr. Sandra McCoy reported on a secondary data analysis of hormonal contraception and […]

Hormonal contraception and HIV: Weighing the evidence and balancing the risks

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The following is a guest post by Jodi Jacobson, editor-in-chief of the blog RH Reality Check, where this post was originally published on October 5.

An article in Tuesday’s New York Times by Pam Belluck suggesting that injectable contraceptive use might double the risk of HIV transmission among women and their partners sent a wave of anxiety through the global public health community…

PrEP for sex workers in Kenya, HIV and contraception research, Uganda a gay-friendly tourist destination? . . . We’re reading about approaches with promise

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State to buy sex workers HIV prevention drugs – This article, topped by a photo that tells its own story, backs into the description of a promising plan unpromisingly (“Kenyan taxpayers will have to part with approximately Sh4 billion [4 billion Kenyan shillings] annually to provide sex workers with a daily HIV and AIDS prevention […]

Global microbicides conference reveals more data examining hormonal contraceptive use and HIV risk

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Furthering a hot topic of debate over the last several months wrought with conflicting evidence from various clinical trials, investigators at the 2012 International Microbicides Conference in Sydney presented new data looking at the use of hormonal contraceptives and HIV transmission risk. The new data emerged from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 035 study […]

Community group cautions WHO on communication of its guidance on hormonal contraceptives and HIV

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The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) expressed concern Monday over the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Technical Statement on Hormonal Contraceptives and HIV and its accompanying press release. WHO released the statement last week – concluding that women living with HIV or at high risk of HIV can safely continue to use hormonal […]

Hormonal contraceptive use linked to increased HIV transmission

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Hormonal contraceptive use associated with increased risk of HIV acquisition and increased risk of transmission from HIV-infected women to male partners

An oral abstract presentation by Heffron on behalf of the Partners in Prevention HSV/HIV Transmission Team contributed to mounting evidence that hormonal contraceptive use is associated with an increased risk of HIV acquisition by women. The study of HIV discordant couples compared couples using hormonal contraception with those who were not. Most hormonal contraceptives being used were injectable.

This study also offered the first evidence that hormonal contraceptive use by HIV-infected women may increase the risk of HIV transmission to their male sexual partners…

ID Week: From family planning to HIV-positive pregnancy to growing up with HIV, researchers track challenges, changes

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SAN DIEGO, CA — A trio of presentations on HIV, Women and Child Health this morning told a story of success in preventing transmission of HIV from parents to children in the United States that has yet to be duplicated in developing countries, of options that could make a difference, and, in a look at […]