The Pill’s Deadly Affair with HIV/AIDS

Posted By on April 22, 2010

Where’s the outcry from feminists? HIV/AIDS is killing millions of women and children, so you’d think “women’s health” organizations would be the first in line to find a way to end its spread. Apparently not if it means ditching the “freedom” of hormonal contraceptives….

More than 50 medical studies, to date, have investigated the association of hormonal contraceptive use and HIV/AIDS infection. The studies show that hormonal contraceptives—the oral pill and Depo-Provera—increase almost all known risk factors for HIV, from upping a woman’s risk of infection, to increasing the replication of the HIV virus, to speeding the debilitating and deadly progression of the disease….Wang’s results showed even more of a Pill/HIV link when they limited studies to those conducted on African populations. This is significant for two reasons:

First, sub-Saharan Africa is home to the world’s earliest and largest heterosexual HIV/AIDS epidemic, which to date has infected an estimated 22.4 million people. This is two-thirds of the total number of infections worldwide.

Second, sub-Saharan Africa has endured decades of contraception-focused population control programs and countless hormonal-contraceptive trials. “Among the six [African] countries hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic … two in three users in the six countries rely on the OC (oral contraceptives) or injectables,” said Iqbal Shah of the World Health Organization.

Read the rest HERE. (Not for young readers.)

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Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of eleven children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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12 Responses to “The Pill’s Deadly Affair with HIV/AIDS”

  1. LVH says:

    Condoms would be the solution. In fact, most feminists as well as medical providers argue that condoms are one of the best ways to decrease HIV. Even though abstinence would be the best option, most people would find find it unfair, unreasonable, and unjust to require people who are infected with HIV/AIDs to abstain from sexual relations, especially for married couples.; and especially for women who have no choice to refuse sex from her spouse who may or may not be infected. I believe right now, medical providers in countries are advocating condoms wholeheartedly.

    So in short, yes feminists and doctors are worried about the spread of AIDS. They work tirelessly and advocate safe sexual practices and to use condoms and/or another form of contraceptive.

  2. Mrs. Eva H. says:

    The only prevention measure that actually is effective against AIDS/ HIV is abstinence first, then faithfulness to one spouse later. A lot of people argue for condoms, especially to protect women, who may not be able to or allowed to say no to their husbands. There is, however, a very big problem with this argument: if women can not say no… if they are not allowed the basic respect of deciding when they wish to be intimate with a man, they most certainly won’t be able to demand that this man will wear a condom.
    If the argument is that some women are not in a position to say no to sex, they probably are not in a position to say no to what is called ‘unprotected’ sex.
    The second problem with condom use is the fact that its claimed effectiveness hovers between 88 and 95 percent. If we go with the highest number of 95 percent that means that condoms may fail 5 times out of 100. Or to do a simple fraction: 1 out of 20. Seeing that the average couple will probably be intimate at least once a month, this means that that condom will probably fail within two years. Of course this is an oversimplification of the numbers. But relying on condoms to keep you safe from HIV/AIDS is like playing Russian roulette.
    The only proven way to not get AIDS is not have sex with an infected partner or be born from an infected mother, unfortunately. HIV positive mothers though can still give birth to a HIV negative child with the proper medication. Now there is a project worth supporting.

  3. LVH says:

    I think we both agree, well most everyone, that abstinence is the number one way to prevent STD’s, especially HIV. However, that is not practical, it just isn’t at this point. We should change the culture within, so that monogamy and marriage are encouraged, however at this very point, condoms have been proven effective against the AIDS epidemic. Regarding Russian roulette; is there some sort of risk involved..maybe, but not big enough that nothing should be done; considering people will not change their sexual practices any time soon. There are many things in this world that has risk, yet we weigh these risks and continue with our life. Some may decide that wearing condoms are not worth the risk of HIV. Others may decide that intimacy between a husband and wife are very important, and that with only 5% risk, they may want to take that chance to continue with their married life.

    Regarding women who cannot refuse relations; many more men are becoming more accepting of wearing a condom during intercourse, so while the woman can’t refuse, she can at least still be protected. Not to mention that technology is catching up fast, and perhaps soon there will be an affordable female condom (if not already). This is also a good argument on why women should have some sort of contraceptive for themselves to prevent pregnancy against their will. So while they may not be able to refuse sexual intercourse, at the very least, they can take birth control in private so that they may not become pregnant and risk their lives to deliver a child with no prenatal care, proper nutrition, or resources to care for the child.

  4. ladyscott says:

    Just as a slight tangent here, there are so many worldly reasons alone for us to teach and convince our children to be sexually pure until marriage. It boggles my mind that this is still an issue! We teach our children to say no to drugs, smoking, alcohol and driving too fast or carelessly because it is all risky behavior. We expect our children to obey us in those areas, but it is all too common and accepted to simply believe our children will become sexually active before marriage and that there’s nothing we can do about it – or should do about it – except tell them to use birth control. I mean, what kind of parent tells his child that “since you’re probably going to shoot up anyway, always make sure you use a clean needle.” Replace “shoot up” with “have sex” and “clean needle” with “condom.”

    It is obvious to me that deviating from God’s commands and perfect order for things never works out for the best for humanity despite every effort to cut Him out of the picture and prove that we humans can take care of ourselves. We are literally killing ourselves, and ultimately, isn’t that what Satan wants?

  5. LVH says:

    I am very confused on why its taking so long for my comment to post?

    I posted yesterday afternoon and a day later, it hasn’t posted; while others have had their comments posted….

    Have I upset this website in any way or wrote anything inappropriate?

    In Christ,
    LVH

  6. Nope – sometimes it just takes a while to wade through the comments, LVH! I have comment moderation enabled on my iPhone or I might never get around to viewing and approving comments. 😉 At least now I can check comments in line at the grocery store–LOL!

    I’ll be writing more about this “let’s just give them condoms” idea, which I believe is a fatal mistake. Eva has already addressed this, but you might also want to take a look over at the comment thread at http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com/?p=574, where there is a discussion on this very topic and why contraceptives don’t work when it comes to battling AIDS and other STDs. I won’t post a novel here, but look for an article in the near future. Thanks!

  7. LVH says:

    Oh Ok. I understand.. I’m a busy mom as well..heh.

    I think I was more touching on sexual relations between a husband and wife, and thousands more who may/may not marry.

    I’m wondering is it scriptural for a husband and wife to abstain from sexual relations for the rest of their marriage, when one of them is infected with HIV/AIDS? Are there other reasons a husband and wife may abstain from sexual relations, besides for prayer/fasting?

  8. LVH, I think when someone contracts a deadly disease, abstinence is required–not optional. Husbands are commanded to care for their wives as they would their own bodies, which means keeping them safe from harm and healthy, too — not just loving them in an emotional way. And husbands and wives who are faithful and monogamous and not playing around with illegal drugs have an almost non-existent chance of contracting AIDS (unless one of them gets a tainted blood transfusion), so you just aren’t going to find millions of godly, faithful couples having to abstain because of an AIDS infection. What’s happening in Africa is the result of many factors, including but not limited to pagan sexual rituals and years of western-style “safe sex” initiatives that have actually poured fuel on the flames by encouraging the very behaviors that need to be curtailed (as I pointed out in the other comment thread). Like I said, I’ve got an article brewing about all of this. Thanks for your patience!

  9. Jenn84 says:

    It’s wicked indeed for women to have not the option of saying no. How can the pill increase the chances of HIV, though, if it’s an infection that can only be gotten through another person?? And which brand of the pill does this?

  10. Jenn84, the studies cited contain all the information on how hormonal birth control increases the risk of HIV/AIDS infection. I quoted a bit of it above: “The studies show that hormonal contraceptives—the oral pill and Depo-Provera—increase almost all known risk factors for HIV, from upping a woman’s risk of infection, to increasing the replication of the HIV virus, to speeding the debilitating and deadly progression of the disease.” If you follow the link to the original article, you’ll be able to delve into all the scientific information behind the study. Hope this helps!

  11. Deanna Rabe says:

    Yet another reason why God’s way is best!

  12. bravelass says:

    Jenn84,

    There is a lot of information in the article Jennie links to here. Since I work in a hospital, I have been able to access some of the medical articles footnoted. The deeper you dig, the worse it gets. It’s not any one brand of hormonal birth control which does this – it’s all of them. It is the simple result of what the pill does to women, to their bodies at the deepest levels.

    Also, interesting to note in the article is the fact that Japan (which only made the Pill legal about ten years ago and very few women use it even now) and the Philippines (with a longstanding Catholic resistence to contraception) have HIV rates of 0.01% and 0.02%, respectively.

    Kamilla