Sexual and reproductive health

Hormonal contraceptive eligibility for women at high risk of HIV

Guidance Statement


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Publication details

Number of pages: 20
Publication date: 2017
Languages: English, French, Portuguese
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/17.04


The World Health Organization (WHO) convened a technical consultation during 1–2 December 2016 to review new evidence on the risk of HIV acquisition with the use of hormonal contraception. The issue was recognized as a critical one, particularly for sub-Saharan Africa, where women have a high lifetime risk of acquiring HIV, hormonal contraceptives constitute a significant component of the contraceptive method mix and unintended pregnancy is a common threat to the well-being and lives of women and girls.