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Women On Depo Shot 40% More Likely To Get HIV Than Other Contraceptives

The popular injected contraceptive (birth control), known as Depo-Provera have been found to be at a substantially higher risk of contracting the HIV virus. This test concluded from research that spanned over 20 years that women who took the birth control shot contracted HIV at significantly higher rates than women who took oral contraceptive, or even those who decided not to use any at all. This finding has led scientists to want to study the actual causes that are getting these women exposed in the first place.

Women On Depo Shot 40% More Likely To Get HIV Than Other Contraceptives

Women Taking Depo Shot 40 Percent Higher Risk Of HIV

Researchers studying 20 years of birth control users made a determination that those who took Depo-Provera injections contracted HIV at a 40% higher rate than those on other forms of birth control. (Image from Wikipedia)

Presumably one might think that the women who were receiving the Depo shot as a form of birth control may be engaging in riskier bedroom behavior, such as the avoidance of condoms and other barriers of transmission. If that were the case, then the women in the group who took oral contraceptive pills would probably also be exposing themselves to infection at roughly the same rate. The fact that the transmission rates were significantly higher over a long period of time gives researchers a clue that there might be more to the reason than just poor choices.

Exactly what causes these women to contract HIV at the higher rate may take some time to figure out. If the drug is somehow responsible for increasing the user’s chances by weakening their immune system, then this could cause a widespread panic among those who are taking the drug. It is too early in the scientific process to rule out any one factor, but it is less likely to be the fault of the women who us the Depo-Provera shot. To claim so would be to say that there was some sort of mental factor that causes women to chose and injected birth control over the pill, which also causes them to engage in riskier sexual behavior.

Women On Depo Shot 40% More Likely To Get HIV Than Other Contraceptives.

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