advertisement
07 May 2012

Injectable contraceptives under review

South Africa's most commonly used injectable contraceptives may be phased out, because of concerns about HIV, City Press reported.

0

South Africa's most commonly used injectable contraceptives may be phased out, because of concerns about HIV, City Press reported.

It reported that Depo-Provera and Nuristerate, which are both injectable, were the most commonly used contraceptives in South Africa.

According to a recent study by the Wits Reproduction Health and HIV Institute, there was a possible link between injectable hormonal contraceptives and an increased risk of HIV infection.

Using Depo-Provera doubled a woman's risk of transmitting the virus to her partner, the study found.

Newer contraceptive methods to be phased in

Health department spokesman Fidel Hadebe told City Press that the department was discussing proposed changes to contraceptive policy made in the report.

Professor Helen Rees, the institute's head, told the weekly newspaper more research was needed on the link between Depo-Provera and HIV.

Nevertheless, newer contraceptive methods, with fewer side effects, could be phased in, she said.

"It is very important that a wider range of contraceptives are made available to women before removing Depo from family planning clincs."  - (Sapa, May 2012)

Read more:

Assess your risk for HIV

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Here's some help... »

Combat childhood obesity Childhood obesity brings future health problems

3 ways to get young couch potatoes away from the screen

Are your children glued to their electronic devices? It might be time to start making some rules.

Time for a break? »

Stressful job leads to emotional burnout Work burnout tied to emotional eating

This is why you must take annual leave

Avoid burnout and use your annual leave to get some well-deserved rest. Your body and mind will thank you.