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HIV infection more likely among African women injected with Depo-Provera

February 26, 2016

Women injected with the Depo-Provera contraceptive are more likely to become infected with the HIV virus, a new study has found.

The peer-reviewed analysis, combining information from 24 different studies, found that women using Depo-Provera were nearly 50% more likely to become infected with HIV than women who were not using a hormonal contraceptive. 

Depo-Provera, a long-term injectible contraceptive, is used widely in sub-Saharan Africa, where the rate of HIV infection remains frighteningly high. The use of this contraceptive has been strongly promoted by the UN Population Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. UN figures show that about 70% of the injectible contraceptives used worldwide in 2012 and 2013 were provided by international agencies to patients in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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  • Posted by: loumiamo - Feb. 26, 2016 6:21 PM ET USA

    The idea that HIV is frighteningly high in subSaharan Africa is simply Not True. They cannot afford to test for HIV so if u go to a Dr with sniffles and a fever, the "diagnosis" is HIV, which is used to extort more aid $'s from the West. The HIV story is in the same category as Pope Paul 6 giving nuns permission to use contrapceptives--it didn't and it isn't happening.