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Ivana Beesham

Experts Flummoxed By Conflicting New Data on STIs, HIV, and Long-Term Contraception in Sub-Saharan Africa

ECHO trial results and follow-up studies find unexpectedly low rates of some STIs among users of certain long-term hormonal contraceptives. They also find high HIV rates (unrelated to the contraceptives) that suggest considerable value for PrEP integration.

Hand of doctor holding syringe and medicine bottle. Preparing for injection

Hormonal Contraception Does Not Increase HIV Risk, Study Finds

No meaningful difference was found in either injectable or implant birth control when compared to an IUD.