Birth Control Pill linked with increased incidence of HIV / AIDS

The Pill’s Deadly Affair with HIV/AIDS | 2010 (v12).

Above linked is a precursor to a full review due in the May/June issue of Population Research.

The use of hormonal contraceptives is linked with an increased incidence of HIV infection, and more rapid progression of the disease to the need for antiretroviral drugs.

High dose hormonal contraceptives elicit the greatest risk, followed by injectable Depo-Provera, and lastly the low dose birth control pills.

A meta-analysis of 28 studies bu Dr. Chia Wang showed this significant positive relationship between hormonal birth control use and HIV I seroprevalence with a higher positive association found among the studies conducted in African populations.

Noted is the fact that HIV is more prevalent in women than in men worldwide, and that populations showing increased oral contraceptive use are experiencing higher infection rates than populations in which OC use is rare.   Japan and the Philippines,   have 0.01% and 0.02% incidence of HIV respectively.   Thailand, on the other hand, has been praised for popular adoption of OC use,   and its HIV rate is correspondingly higher – affecting  over 1 % of adults.

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