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Popular Contraceptive In Africa Increases HIV Risk

The latest in a series of studies lends support to the possibility that the most popular form of birth control in many African countries — an injectable contraception that lasts for three months — is linked to an increased risk of HIV infection. Women using this type of birth control were twice as likely to become infected and nearly twice as likely to pass the virus to their male partners, compared to women not using hormonal contraception. Health experts are dismayed by the possibility, which, if true, is a setback for both family planning and HIV prevention. The World Health Organization is calling experts together to figure out what to do next.