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WHO convened a Technical Consultation to identify research gaps and directions for future research with respect to hormonal contraception (HC) and HIV acquisition risk; and use of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in December 2015. A multi-disciplinary group of experts in family planning and HIV research, policymakers, and civil society were represented. The objectives of this three-day meeting were to review the body of published evidence and ongoing research on HC methods and HIV; identify and highlight key research priorities and discuss programmatic and policy implications of these research findings. Three main topics i.e. HC for women at risk of HIV infection (HIV acquisition); HC methods and ART interactions and Implementation Research were discussed. This session will report on the key messages of the meeting, systematic reviews (including the latest on DMPA and HIV acquisition and HC and ART interaction), biological mechanisms and an update on the ECHO-trial.

07:00
THSA0901
Welcome and introduction
James Kiarie, World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland
07:05
THSA0902
Meeting objectives and key messages of the meeting
Petrus Steyn, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO, Switzerland
07:15
THSA0903
Hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition - updated systematic review
Chelsea Polis, Guttmacher Institute, United States
07:30
THSA0904
Update on the ECHO randomised trial on HIV acquisition among users of different hormonal contraceptive (HC) methods
Jared Baeten, University of Washington, United States
Slides
07:40
THSA0905
Biological/immunological mechanisms for an association between HC and HIV
Janet Hapgood, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa
07:55
THSA0906
Interactions between HC methods and ART – updated systematic review
Andy Gray, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
08:10
THSA0907
Questions
08:25
THSA0908
Wrap-up
Helen Rees, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa