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                                                              The “Birth Control Shot”:

       It’s Convenient, It’s Cheap, and It Increases Your Chances of Contracting HIV by 40%



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                                                                               Àṣiri Odù


The global medical establishment has worked tirelessly for decades to make Depo-Provera the go-to contraception for Africana women around the world—from the Continent to the Americas to the Middle East. Indeed, Israel, fast becoming the world leader in terrorism and apartheid, has used lies, tricks, threats, and coercion to force African immigrant women into receiving Depo-Provera shots.[i] What is the reason for the global promotion of Depo-Provera to Africana women?

An article titled “Hormonal contraceptive use and women’s risk of HIV acquisition: a meta-analysis of observational studies,” published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases reveals that Depo-Provera, a.k.a, the “birth control shot,” increases the likelihood of a woman to contract HIV by 40%. These findings only serve as confirmation of research published in 1991 that found a connection between Depo-Provera and HIV.[ii]

Given the link between Depo-Provera and HIV and what this means to the 41 million women around the world who receive the “birth control shot,” especially women in Africa where the injections and studies have been concentrated, several questions arise: Why has the medical community focused promotion of Depo-Provera in Africa and to Africana women? Why has this HIV-linked drug been offered to anyone at all, let alone to millions of women with families? We also must ask the most obvious question: Could the pandemic rates of HIV/AIDS in the Pan-African world be associated with Depo-Provera and other HIV-linked drugs?
 
If the medical community valued the lives of its patients, it would never have administered Depo-Provera to anyone after its link with HIV was discovered in 1991. But even in 2015, after decades of mass-distribution of a drug of mass-destruction, it is not too late for the medical establishment to save the lives it has endangered. The World Health Organization could ban the drug or make it mandatory that every prospective recipient of Depo-Provera be informed that the shot will increase their chances of contracting HIV by 40%.

However, the medical community has decided to continue the customary dispensation of the drug because, they argue, Depo-Provera is such an effective method of birth control it would be unwise to remove it as an option for African women.[iii] In other words, the medical establishment has decided that it is better to have Africana women sterilized and contracting HIV and infecting their partners and their children than to have healthy Africana women using safe forms of birth control and giving birth to healthy children.

Medical officials will continue dispensing Depo-Provera and casually documenting the number of women who contract HIV as a result. What is more disturbing is that millions of women will pay to receive or be happy to accept as a gratuity a birth control shot that is capable of destroying them and their loved ones.

I am a writer, and the focus of my work is the education, liberation, and elevation of Africana peoples. When I read about the link between Depo-Provera and HIV, I asked Ọyadare, my editor, to allow me to revise my completed novel Ah Jubah! A PleaPrayerPromise to include a discussion of Depo-Provera that may save our lives. Her assent was immediate.

As the characters of Ah Jubah! detail, the medical establishment’s intentions toward Africana women have always been clear.[iv] Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood of America proposed in 1939 a plan to “exterminate the Negro population” by having Black ministers preach throughout the South that “sterilization was a solution to poverty.”[v] Sanger’s argument has been adopted by the medical professionals who are injecting African women with Depo-Provera. But what I find most appalling about the distribution and study of Depo-Provera is that medical officials are treating “Sub-Saharan Africa” like a vast experimental playground. Such blatant disregard for human life is merely an expansion of America’s Tuskegee Syphilis Study conducted 1932–1972, the polio vaccine trials conducted by Hilary Koprowski and Paul Osterrieth in the Congo in the 1950s and 1960s, and innumerable other documented crimes against humanity.

The global medical establishment has never considered our lives worthy of respecting or protecting. It has never considered Africana patients as deserving of honesty and full disclosure: But we are. We have the right know, and we have the right to say, “No!”: “No!” to medical apartheid. “No!” to camouflaged genocide. “No!” to covert familial homicide.

It is in the spirit of resistance to oppression that I wrote Ah Jubah! which constitutes a blueprint for the complete liberation of the African world. The book examines the impacts of slavery, medical genocide, apartheid, the prison industrial complex, gang violence, genital excision, police brutality, and the Caucasian imperialist system of miseducation. Ah Jubah! also displays the depth and diversity of indigenous African medicines, sciences, and technologies and how to use them to fashion innovative, creative, and effective paths of liberation that include everything from holistic education to enemy eradication.

Ah Jubah! reveals what we can accomplish when we embrace our continuity, shared destiny, and timeless powers. When in the novel the Yoruba Gods Ògún, Ọya, and Ṣàngó coalesce with grassroots collectives working in Nigeria, Mississippi, Mali, Georgia, Burkina Faso, and Nashville the result is a confluence of Revolutionary Love and Black Power that no injectable contraception, weapons of mass destruction, or agents of racist oppression can penetrate or even hope to eradicate.

While my voice may not reach the multitudes that the medical establishment has reached and coerced into accepting injections of destruction, I will do everything in my power to reach everyone I can and offer knowledge of self, tools of liberation, and paths to healing and wholeness.
 

Notes


[i] Phoebe Greenwood, “Ethiopian women in Israel ‘given contraceptive without consent,’” The Guardian 28 February 2013, available online <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/feb/28/ethiopian-women-given-contraceptives-israel> accessed 23 March 2015.

 
[ii] L. J. Ralph, S. I. McCoy, K. Shiu, N. S. Padian, “Hormonal contraceptive use and women’s risk of HIV acquisition: a meta-analysis of observational studies,” Lancet Infect Dis 9 January 2015, available online
 <http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099%2814%2971052-7/fulltext> accessed 23 March 2015.

 
[iii] Jenna Birch, “New Study Finds Link Between Depo-Provera Birth Control and HIV Risk,” Yahoo News 9 January 2015, available online <https://www.yahoo.com/health/new-study-finds-link-between-depo-provera-birth-107618185212.html>accessed 23 March 2015.

 
[iv] For more information, please see Harriet, A. Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (New York: Doubleday, 2007) and Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (New York: Pantheon, 1997).

[v] Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights, Creating Racism: Psychiatry’s Betrayal (n.p.: Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights, 2004), 9, available online <http://www.cchrstl.org/documents/racism.pdf> accessed 23 March 2015.