Study Reveals These Contraceptives Don't Increase HIV Risk

allAfrica's Sethekele Ncube, in Durban for the SA Aids Conference, reports that it has now been proven that Depo Provera, one of Africa's most popular contraceptives, doesn't make it easier to contract HIV. But  women are still left with too few contraceptive choice, writes Yvette Raphael for Bhekisisa.

A panel presents the findings of the Echo study - the product of a three-year study conducted among about 7 800 women in eSwatini, South Africa, Kenya and Zambia. Using these contraceptives will not increase women's chances of acquiring HIV, the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcome scientists have revealed.

Dr Nelly Mugo, Head of the Sexual, Reproductive, Adolescent and Child Health Research Programme at the Kenya Medical Research Institute. She is part of the panel presenting the findings of the Echo study.

Dr Timothy Mastro, a Chief Science Officer at FHI 360. He is also part of the panel presenting the findings of the Echo study.

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