Progesterone Injection Contraception increases risk of HIV
Read the original article here: http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2012/03/02/birth-control-hiv-link
A study published in the medical journal Lancet Infectious Diseases showed that women using hormonal birth control, especially progesterone infections, are twice as likely to be infected with, or transmit, HIV.
Even so, when the WHO held a meeting in Geneva consisting of no less than 75 International experts, the decision was still that the evidence is inconclusive.
Former AIDS adviser to UNICEF Paula Donovan then came out to say that WHO is violating the rights of women by withholding the information.
Scientifically speaking, progesterone thins the vaginal wall and makes it more susceptible to not only HIV but also Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
I brought this issue up for 2 reasons:
1. To inform women who are on Progesterone Injections as contraception of this potential risk. So to all women on Progesterone Injections out there, remember it is even more crucial for you to always practice safe sex. Always use protection. See your doctor immediately if you develop any symptoms.
2. To illustrate how grey things in the medical community really are. I get many questions from people expecting a cut and dried, black and white answer. However, medicine is not that way. Scientific studies, expert committees, scientific theory and individuals can all have differing views on the same topic. So you can see that if someone poses the question ‘Do women who use Progesterone Injection as contraception have a higher risk of getting infected with HIV?’ it would be so difficult for me to answer. There is no Yes or No answer.
About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.