Women’s Hormonal Birth Control Gives HIV a Chance

There are a lot of birth control options for women on the market, but most of them are induced with hormones.  A lot of women don’t like to take them because they make them nauseous and other weird side effects, but certainly no one thought a side effect like making a woman’s body more susceptible to HIV would ever happen.

According to MSNBC, a new study that used heterosexual African couples from seven countries including Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, found that in nearly 4,000 couples where one partner was HIV positive, women using hormonal contraception were two times more likely to contract the virus.

The University of Washington study also found that the injectable hormonal birth control like Depo-Provera makes the body more susceptible than the oral contraceptive.  The injections usually only call for quarterly injections because it works longer in the body. This study will obviously cause some to re-think their partners as well as their choice of contraception.

Check out the rest of the study here.

-J.C. Brooks

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