New Study Links Popular Birth Control Method With HIV Risk0
By: Krystle Crossman
The Depo-Provera shot is a very common form of hormonal birth control. You don’t have to remember to take something every day, you don’t have to have any devices inserted anywhere, and you don’t have to remember to have it handy every time that you want to get busy. It is one shot every three months and you are protected from pregnancy. Over the last few years researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have been looking at 12 studies that were done in sub-saharan Africa to see if there was a link between hormonal birth control and the risk of getting HIV.
Over the 12 different studies there were more than 39,500 participants. With all of those participants the researchers had to make sure that things were control so as not to skew the results. They factored in different transmission risks and had very strict guidelines as to who could participate in the studies. They looked at the different birth control methods that the women were on such as the Depo shot, a shot called the NET-OEN shot (another hormonal birth control shot), the pill, and progestin-only pills.
What the researchers found by looking at the data from all of these women is that the Depo shot increased the risk of transmission of HIV.