June #82 : The Pill Chill - by Angela Garcia

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues

Table of Contents

Kiss & Gel

Odd Boy Out

Pain Killer Pain

Gravest Show on Earth

Enemy at the Gate

How to Parent

On the High Wire

Party Politics

PACHA Gotcha

Waste Product

Three Wise Men

Poppy Culture

State of Race

Jail Tail

Ohio File

Oh! Calcutta!

School for Scandal

B Sting

Stat Splat

Beg To Differ

Oh, God!

Laughing Matters

Cable Ace

Bullox over Broadway

A Pair of Genes

Gene Machine


Fly by Night

All the News That's Fit to Zip...

Classical Lit

The Pill Chill

Mixed Signals

Tat's Two

Gender Bender


Who's Who

Big Sis

Clean Screen



Asimov As He Was


Tricks of the Trade

Cunning Linguist

Editor's Letter


Bloodless, Still Gutsy

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

email print

June 2002

The Pill Chill

by Angela Garcia

HIVers -- and those who sleep with them -- may want to think twice before using the Pill, the contraceptive that contains sex hormones like estrogen. Its potential interactions with anti-HIV meds was the first red flag (see "Mixed Signals,"). Now there are others. In a Kenyan study, HIV positive Pill poppers were much more likely to contract multiple strains of HIV than non-Pill poppers. Why remains unclear. One theory is that hormones thin vaginal cells, making them more vulnerable to infection. Whatever the cause, multiple strains mean faster disease progression. Another study showed that women's cervical viral load fluctuated over their menstrual cycle (highest during their period, lowest at ovulation), suggesting that naturally produced hormones may affect disease progression. A third study showed that neggies who had the common STD human papillomavirus (HPV) and used the Pill for more than five years had a higher risk of developing cervical cancer -- a worrisome finding also for their positive sisters who are or were on the Pill, especially those with low CD4-cell counts. While there are valid reasons for HIVers to use the Pill or estrogen therapy, including lessening the miseries of menopause, these studies underscore the importance of discussing the potential risks vs. benefits with a doctor.

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Did you participate in an event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.