A study conducted by Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) has found no significant difference in the risk of HIV infection among women using popular birth control methods.

The results of the trial were released today at the 9th SA AIDS Conference in Durban.

The study was designed to provide high-quality evidence about the potential association between three contraceptive methods and the risk of HIV infections.

The methods tested were DMPA also known as Depo, Implant and Copper IUD.

Close to 8000 sexually active HIV-negative women from Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia participated in the trial. It did, however; confirm that HIV infections remain a significant risk for women in these countries.