Presentation of Primary Analysis of Data from the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) Study

The primary results of the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV (ECHO) Study will be presented in a late-breaker session on  Thursday, 13th June 2019, at the 9th SA AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. We look forward to seeing you there.

This pivotal and long-awaited randomised clinical trial compared the relative risk of HIV acquisition among 7 829 African women who used three different contraceptive methods: depot medroxyprogesterone acetate given by intramuscular injection (DMPA-IM), a copper intrauterine device (IUD) or a levonorgestrel (LNG) implant.

Session type: Late-breaker session
Date and time: 14h00-15h30, Thursday, 13 June 2019
Venue: Hall 1, Durban ICC, 45 Bram Fischer Rd, Durban, South Africa
Live streaming: YouTube at

Session topics and Presenters:

  • Introduction to the ECHO Study ? Prof Helen Rees, Executive Director, Wits RHI and Personal Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SA
  • Hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition: The need for ECHO ? Dr Nelly Mugo, Head of the Sexual, Reproductive, Adolescent and Child Health Research Programme, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya, and Research Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • Recognition of Dr Ward Cates ? Dr Timothy Mastro, Chief Science Officer, FHI 360, Durham, NC, USA
  • Results ? Dr Jared Baeten, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Global Health, University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Next Steps ? Dr James Kiarie, Coordinator, Human Reproduction Team, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, SUI

Facilitated Panel Discussion

Chair Prof Helen Rees, Wits RHI

Panellists in addition to above speakers:

  • Dr Maricianah Onono, Site Investigator Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director General, Department of Health, South Africa
  • Ms Yvette Raphael, Advocacy for Prevention of HIV and AIDS, ECHO Global Community Advisory Group (GCAG) Representative

Please note: only registered delegates for the 9th SA AIDS Conference will be able to attend in person. The session will be live streamed on YouTube at

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