Healthy Dose: CDC Says No Link Between Contraceptives and Higher HIV RiskBy PSIHealthyLives
June 22, 2012 The CDC released findings that contraceptives such as the birth control pill or Depo-Provera shots do not put people at a higher risk of contracting HIV. Reuters reports: Recent studies have suggested that the use of hormonal contraceptives could increase the risk of women contracting HIV. But after reviewing the studies, the Atlanta-based CDC said, “the evidence does not suggest” a link between oral contraceptives such as the birth control pill and increased HIV risk. For injectable forms of birth control such as Depo-Provera the evidence is inconclusive, but in the absence of more definitive research it too is considered safe, CDC officials said. Women at risk for HIV infection or who already have the virus “can continue to use all hormonal contraceptive methods without restriction,” the CDC said. The World Health Organization reached a similar conclusion last February.