There is a larger context behind the recent finding that the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera may increase the risk of women and their male partners becoming infected with H.I.V. For over a decade other studies have warned about this connection.
As a matter of precaution, family planning agencies should have started phasing out injectables, especially in communities at high risk of H.I.V., and encouraged other contraceptive methods. Instead, injectables are vigorously promoted in Africa because they are viewed as a cheap, effective way to reduce population growth.
Depo-Provera has other serious risks and adverse effects, including loss of bone density in young women, significant weight gain and increased depression. In the United States it is mainly targeted at low-income women and women of color.
The United States Agency for International Development recently signed a new contract with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals to increase the agency’s provision of Depo-Provera by 6.2 million doses. This seems inappropriate when the method’s safety is in doubt.
Amherst, Mass., Oct. 6, 2011
Dr. Hartmann is director of the population and development program at Hampshire College. Dr. Gubrium is assistant professor of public health and health sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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Los Angles, California February 1, 2013, 2 pm. We must stop giving the NAACP a free pass because they are black. Dr. Martin Luther King separated himself from the NAACP.

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