Hormonal Contraceptives for Women at Risk for HIV: New Guidelines

October 11, 2017
Veronica Hackethal, MD
Veronica Hackethal, MD

In new guidelines, the WHO and CDC stress that women should not be denied access to progestin-only injectables. The CDC recommendations for other hormonal contraceptive methods remain unchanged.

WHO and the CDC have issued new recomendations on progestin-only injectables in women who are at high risk for HIV infection. Highlights here.

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References1. World Health Organization (WHO). Can women who are at high risk of acquiring HIV, safely use hormonal contraception? http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/family_planning/hormonal-contraception-hiv/en/2. Tepper NK, Krashin JW, Curtis KM, Cox S, et al. Update to CDC's U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016: Revised Recommendations for the Use of Hormonal Contraception Among Women at High Risk for HIV Infection. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2017 Sep 22;66(37):990-994. 3. Polis CB, Curtis KM, Hannaford PC, et al. An updated systematic review of epidemiological evidence on hormonal contraceptive methods and HIV acquisition in women. AIDS. 2016;30:2665–834. Hofmeyr GJ, Singata-Madliki M, Lawrie TA, Bergel E, Temmerman M. Effects of injectable progestogen contraception versus the copper intrauterine device on HIV acquisition: sub-study of a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2017;43:175–180.