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Oral Contraceptives Effectiveness

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HIV i-Base

Nevirapine-Containing ART Does Not Reduce Combined Oral Contraceptive Effectiveness

Nevirapine is associated with a 30% decrease in contraceptive hormone levels in pharmacokinetic (PK) studies. Adequately powered studies have not previously been conducted to assess clinical outcomes, such as ovulation, in women receiving... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Update to CDC's U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010: Revised Recommendations for the Use of Hormonal Contraception Among Women at High Risk for HIV Infection or Infected With HIV

Prevention of unintended pregnancy among women at risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or infected with HIV is critically important. One strategy for preventing unintended pregnancies in this population is improving access to a... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Effects of Injectable Hormonal Contraceptives on HIV Seroconversion and on Sexually Transmitted Infections

The authors undertook the current prospective cohort study to investigate the association between hormonal contraceptives and the risk of HIV-1 seroconversion and the prevalence of other STIs. The study's subjects were 2,236 HIV-negative women who... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Oral Contraceptive

I was considering going on birth-control pills (ortho tri-cyclen lo) to help control facial acne; I am in my early 30s and my acne seems to be stress/hormonal related. I was diagnosed HIV positive in November and I am not currently on any meds...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Oral contraceptives remain an appropriate option for the HIV infected woman. However, a number of antiretrovirals such as nelfinavir, ritonavir, amprenavir, kaletra, and efavirenz may be associated with decreased effectiveness of oral contraceptives... Read more »

oral contraceptives and hiv meds

I am currently taking neverapine and kivexa and would like to know what oral contraceptive is safe to take with the above meds....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Concomitant use of nevirapine and hormonal contraceptives containing ethinyl estradiol may result in decreased plasma concentrations of the contraceptive, thereby making it less effective. Therefore, hormonal contraception should not be used as... Read more »

Contraception and HIV treatment

Please tell me if protease inhibitors and birth control pills such as Loestrin can be used at the same time without diminishing effectiveness of either. Some doctors I have spoken to indicate that p.i. diminish birth control pills'...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
Some protease inhibitors can effect the metabolism of birth control pills and summary tables of the effects and recommendations can be seen in "Guidelines for the Use of Antiretrovirals in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents" (available on... Read more »

HIV + and contraceptives

hi, im HIV+ and recently had an an operation due a an ovarian cyst. The doctor suggested that i take contraceptives to suppress the growht of oestrogen which is causing my periods to be unbearable. He said i must decide between pills and Depo...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello TYZ,There are reports indicating efavirenz (Stocrin) can reduce the levels of some oral contraceptives. This may not be as much of an issue for you, as you are not using the medication for contraception, but rather to regulate hormonally... Read more »
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Nigeria Contraceptive Social Marketin

Posted by Anonymous
Job Listing: Nigeria Contraceptive Social Marketing

The Nigeria Contraceptive Social Marketing Programme is widely considered
to be one of the most successful of its kind in the world. The programme
has achieved national coverage and currently... Read more »

how effective are condoms?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I'am currently negative following my last test 2 months ago. Im living a stupid life right now smoking weed, drinking comig home late, have sex with different girls mostly sex workers.. usually i just get a protected blowjob, and sometimes i have... Read more »

Condoms are only 85% effective

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
According to "Desperate Housewives" tv show, condoms are only 85% effective in preventing pregnancy so I assume the same holds true for HIV infection. Read more »

fear of medications side effects

Posted by Anonymous, 8 Replies
Hi all! Im one of those who just tested postive. My cd4 is 320 and as per my doctor Im on what you call "gray zone" level. Done with my baselines and all of my lab tests are negative. I may not be advise to take medications for the time being but Im... Read more »