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HIV treatment not affected by hormonal birth control

cell-count increase of 100 cells/mm3 and approximately 2.7 times more likely to achieve an undetectable viral load than nonusers.

"From a public health perspective, our findings alleviate concerns regarding suspected negative effects of hormonal contraceptive use on the response to HAART. However, sexually active HIV-infected women who wish to use hormonal contraceptives to prevent pregnancy should also continue using condoms to fight the spread of HIV," said Dr. Gange.

The study authors recommend that follow-up data be collected after a greater number of years, in order to assess the effects of long-term exposure to hormonal contraceptives.

The study was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, with supplemental funding from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Additional co-authors of the study were Jaclyn H. Chu, Kathryn Anastos, Howard Minkoff, Helen Cejtin, Melanie Bacon, Alexandra Levine and Ruth M. Greenblatt.


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Contact: Kenna L. Lowe
paffairs@jhsph.edu
410-955-6878
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
2-May-2005


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