MedPage Today Says Days of Free Sex are Back – Spins Study in Infectious Disease News

Say what? HIV AIDS prevalence is highest in the U.S. teen demographic… Big Pharma covering – or in this case – protecting their asses/assets again at women’s expense.  A little further research shows a report in Infectious Disease News that states the obvious –Use of injectable contraceptives increased risk for HIV acquisition.’

One must wonder whether MedPage Today has sold out to Pharma.

Contraceptive Use Carries No Bigger HIV Risk

MedPage Today

By Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today
Published: March 09, 2012
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

SEATTLE — Women who use oral contraceptives do not appear to have any increased risk of acquiring HIV, researchers said here.

In a retrospective study, combined oral contraceptive use was associated with a non-significant 12% reduction in the risk of HIV infection (P=0.54) and women who used progestin oral contraceptives had a 2% increased risk of HIV infection (P=0.94), Sandra McCoy, MPH, PhD, an adjunct epidemiologist at the University of California, Berkeley, reported.

But, depending on the types of statistical analyses employed, there was a 37% increased risk of HIV acquisition with injected hormonal contraceptives, McCoy told MedPage Today during the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

Even if that risk is real, McCoy suggested that the benefits of contraception would likely outweigh the risk. “There are numerous benefits to effective and reliable hormonal contraception,” she said. “There are significant social, economic, and health benefits, such as reductions in unwanted pregnancy, maternal morbidity and mortality, and infant mortality.”

“All of our results need to be placed in context with the availability of effective and reliable contraception. It is very possible that even if there were an increased risk with injectable contraception, it might not be big enough to outweigh all of the amazing benefits of contraception,” she said.

Her study grew from reports at the International AIDS Society which suggested an increased risk of HIV with contraceptive use. McCoy recognized that research work already performed by her group might hold answers to the controversy.

“We conducted a secondary data analysis of an HIV prevention trial conducted among women in South Africa and Zimbabwe,” she explained. “This question is of great importance because 140 million women worldwide use hormonal contraception. Overall, we had 4,866 women in the study and we observed 274 seroconversions, an incidence rate of 4.1 per 100 women-years.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.