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Jul 20, 2011 8:34 AM by Kate Richards

HIV infected women on birth control more likely to spread AIDS

ATLANTA (AP) - For the first time, researchers have found that
HIV-infected women are more likely to spread the AIDS virus if they
are on hormone-based birth control.

The Africa study found that women were about twice as likely to
transmit HIV if they were on the pill or getting hormone shots,
compared to women not on that kind of birth control.

The research also found that uninfected women were about twice
as likely to catch the AIDS virus from their infected partners if
they were on hormonal contraception, compared to those who were
not. That finding echoed results of earlier studies.

University of Washington researchers led the new work. The
findings were presented Wednesday at a meeting in Rome of the

International AIDS Society.

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