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Hormonal Contraception Increases HIV Risk, New Study Reports

Hormonal contraception, pills or injections, increases HIV risk, a new study reports.

Hormonal contraception, pills or injections, increases HIV risk, a new study reports.

A new study published this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, shows some disturbing data about the contraception used by women in the eastern and southern areas of Africa, and the increased risk that these women then have to becoming infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or H.I.V. as it is more commonly known. This is the virus which causes AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

It seems that for women being given a hormone shot every three months, their risk of becoming infected with H.I.V. appears to double, and not only that, but for those women who have the shot but are H.I.V. positive, then their male partners are two times as likely to be infected with H.I.V. than if there was no contraceptive used by the women.

Women in Africa are already suffering from bleeding and infections in childbirth, and there are already many deaths from this, so it has been important to find a contraceptive which could reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. However, many of the very countries which have the highest pregnancy rates also have a high number of H.I.V. patients, which makes the details of this study even more worrying.

The increased risk of HIV has also been shown to increase when hormonal contraceptives are taken in pill form. With this study seeming to confirm the link between an increased risk of HIV and hormonal contraceptives, it is expected that further research will be undertaken with larger group sizes and other populations, although it is expected that similar results will be found.

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Darina has played sports at a semi-professional level, and is a personal trainer with extensive experience in the sports, nutrition and general health areas.

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