WHO upholds guidance on hormonal contraceptive use and HIV
Women living with HIV and those at high risk of contracting the virus can safely continue using contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday.
But WHO is also advising couples who want to prevent unintended pregnancies and HIV infection to use two contraceptive methods at the same time……for example condoms and the contraceptive pill.
The UN health agency recently reviewed findings from studies on the issue following a report last year by a leading medical journal.
That report suggested that hormonal contraceptives may increase a woman's risk of HIV infection.
It said that HIV-positive women using hormonal contraception may be more likely to transmit the virus to their partner than women who did not use the pill.