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WASHINGTON — Today, in South Africa, the results of the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) trial conducted with women in eSwatini (previously Swaziland), Kenya, South Africa and Zambia were released. The study was designed to compare the risks of acquiring HIV among women who used the copper intrauterine device (IUD), the birth control shot (Depo-Provera), and the birth control implant (Jadelle).

Notable findings include:

  • No difference in HIV risk across the three safe, highly effective contraceptive methods studied, including one non-hormonal method and two different progestin-only methods.

  • HIV incidence among the 7,829 women in the trial was high: 397 HIV infections occurred, or 3.81 percent per year. 

Additional study findings can be found in the full Lancet study HERE.   

Statement from Dr. Leana Wen, President, Planned Parenthood Global: 

HIV/AIDS remains an urgent human rights and public health crisis, impacting millions in the U.S. and around the world. This new study reinforces what we already know about contraception—that it is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy—and confirmed that it does not lead to increased risk of HIV. But this study also reaffirms that we all must do more to address the comprehensive HIV prevention needs of women around the world. We must ensure that family planning, contraception, HIV treatment or prevention, and other health services are more accessible, integrated, respectful, and patient-centered for all—because all women, regardless of where they live, have the right to access high-quality health care.

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