Hormonal Contraception Doubles HIV Risk In Women

A new University of Washington-led study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases shows that there's a dangerous link between hormonal...
A new University of Washington-led study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases shows that there's a dangerous link between hormonal contraceptives and HIV risk. Women who rely on hormonal birth control methods, such as Depo-Provera or the birth control pill, may have twice the risk of contracting HIV as women using other forms of birth control. This isn't a huge surprise. Hormonal birth control, while effective at reducing unplanned pregnancy, don't protect women (or men) from contracting STDs. However, many couples only factor in pregnancy protection, thinking that STDs can't happen to them. This study, while conducted in Africa, is still significant to women in the United States, and other parts of the world. Beyond the increased risk of HIV, women on hormonal birth control who are already infected with HIV, are twice as likely to transmit the HIV virus to a male partner. Researchers on the study note that more than 140 million women worldwide use hormonal contraception, including daily oral pills and long-acting injectables, so informing women about safe sex, including the use of a barrier method of birth control (such as condoms), along with hormonal contraceptive is extremely important. Pregnant women should pay very close attention. Often, pregnant women assume, "I'm already pregnant, so what could happen?" An STD could happen if you have unprotected sex while pregnant, only now, you're not the only one in trouble, because if you contract an STD, your baby is also at risk. Need more facts about safe sex? + Hormonal contraception use doubles HIV risk, according to UW study in Lancet

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