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Uganda launches self-injectable birth control method

Uganda has launched a new birth control method which requires people to inject themselves with a device at any time of their convenience. Called Sayana Press the method requires patrons to inject with one dose of the widely used contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC). Before use, one has to shake the drug to ensure it is mixed properly and understands the instructions for use. Users have to press the upper part of the device hard for the needle to puncture the drug. The drug is then activated, ready to be delivered…

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WHO revises guidance for contraceptive use for women

The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its guidance on contraceptive use to reflect new evidence that women at high risk of HIV can use any form of reversible contraception. That includes progestogen-only injectables, implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), without an increased risk of HIV infection. However, as these contraceptive methods do not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the guideline emphasizes that correct and consistent use of condoms should be used where there is a risk of STIs, including HIV. WHO also recommends considering offering pre-exposure…

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