Sexual and reproductive health

Hormonal contraception and HIV

Technical statement


WHO, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 8
Publication date: 16 February 2012
Languages: English, French, Spanish
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/12.08


The World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that women living with HIV or at high risk of HIV can safely continue to use hormonal contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. The recommendation follows a thorough review of evidence about links between hormonal contraceptive use and HIV acquisition.