Does birth control protect against HIV?
The only forms of birth control that will protect against HIV are abstaining from penetrative sex or using condoms while having sex. Other methods of birth control offer protection against unplanned pregnancy, but do not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Birth control options that DO protect against HIV
Abstinence (not having sex)
The male condom
The female condom
Birth control options that DO NOT protect against HIV
Oral contraceptives (“the pill”)
Emergency contraception (“morning-after pill”)
The IUD (intrauterine device)
The diaphragm, cap, and shield