Joint Statement on World Health Organization Guidance on Hormonal Contraceptive Use and HIV


March 1, 2012

Joint Statement by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) on World Health Organization Guidance on Hormonal Contraceptive Use and HIV

 

Washington, DC – The World Health Organization (WHO) issued recommendations last week that women living with HIV or at risk of HIV can safely use hormonal contraceptives to prevent unintended pregnancy, and particularly emphasized the importance of use of male or female condoms and other HIV preventive measures for women at high risk of HIV, including those using injectable contraception.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked closely with WHO to convene an expert technical consultation to critically appraise available evidence, and to review potential implications for programs, service delivery, and future research. They, along with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), USAID, and CDC support the WHO conclusions and issue the following statement:

“The US Government supports efforts to ensure that women and couples have access to a wide variety of contraceptive methods and are able to select the method that best fits their individual needs. Individuals should be counseled about the known risks and benefits of whatever contraception method they choose, including that no contraceptive method other than male or female condoms provide protection from HIV or other STIs.

Dual protection against unintended pregnancy and STIs, including HIV, can be achieved by using condoms along with a highly effective method of contraception. Condoms should continue to be promoted to prevent transmission of HIV or other STIs.

“The US Government also supports additional research to better assess the risks and benefits of contraceptive methods, as well as the development of multi-purpose prevention technologies to simultaneously prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV, and/or other STIs.”

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Contacts:

USAID: Goli Fassihian, gfassihian@usaid.gov

CDC: KC Edwards, kae9@cdc.gov

Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator: Estela B. Astacio, astacioe@state.gov

WHO statement: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2012/contraceptives_20120216/en/index.html

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