High-risk contraceptive shots


Analysis of 12 observational studies involving 39,560 women in Africa indicates that the use of Depo-Provera, a hormonal birth control contraceptive shot, increases a woman's chance of getting infected with HIV by 40 per cent compared with women who use other methods or no method. About 144 million women use hormonal contraceptives in the world, of which 41 million opt for injectable forms.


Down To Earth, February 2015