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AIDS. 2009 Nov;23 Suppl 1:S69-77. doi: 10.1097/01.aids.0000363779.65827.e0.

Hormonal contraception and HIV disease progression: a multicountry cohort analysis of the MTCT-Plus Initiative.

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Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia. eli@uab.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

HIV-infected women need access to safe and effective contraception. Recent animal and human data suggest that hormonal contraception may accelerate HIV disease progression.

METHODS:

We compared the incidence of HIV disease progression among antiretroviral therapy-naive women with and without exposure to hormonal contraception at 13 sites in Africa and Asia. Disease progression was defined as becoming eligible for antiretroviral therapy or death.

RESULTS:

Between 1 August 2002 and 31 December 2007, the MTCT-Plus programs enrolled 7846 women. In total, 4109 (52%) women met eligibility criteria for this analysis and contributed 5911 person-years of follow-up (median follow-up, 379 days; interquartile range, 121-833). At baseline, 3064 (75%) women reported using either no contraception or a nonhormonal method, whereas 823 (20%) reported using implants/injectables and 222 (5%) reported using oral contraceptive pills. The disease progression outcome was met by 944 (29%) women (rate, 18.3/100 woman-years). Neither implants/injectables (adjusted hazard ratio 1.0, 95% confidence interval 0.8-1.1) nor oral contraceptive pills (adjusted hazard ratio 0.8, 95% confidence interval 0.6-1.1) were associated with disease progression. Treating contraceptive method as a time-varying exposure did not change this negative finding.

CONCLUSION:

This multicountry cohort analysis provides some reassurance that hormonal contraception is not associated with HIV disease progression. Further research is needed to address the contraceptive needs of HIV-infected women.

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