Hormonal contraceptive methods and risk of HIV acquisition in women
- October 1st, 2014
- Staff Publication
- Raymond, Elizabeth G., Polis, C.B., Phillips, S.J., Curtis, K.M., Westreich, D.J., Steyn, P.S., Hannaford, P., Turner, A.N.
This systematic review commissioned by the WHO updates a review published in 2012 that assessed whether hormonal contraceptives affect the risk of HIV acquisition. As in the original review, the data do not suggest a link between the use of oral contraceptives and increased risk; however, the relationship between progestin-only injectable contraceptives and risk of HIV acquisition continues to be uncertain. Women using injectables should be educated regarding this uncertainty and empowered to use HIV preventative measures.
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