Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Impacts of Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Use on HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in Women

Jessica Tarleton, Beatrice A. Chen, Leslie A. Meyn, Craig W. Hendrix, Mark A. Marzinke, Sharon L. Achilles

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Background:Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) is a commonly used contraceptive in areas where use of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is increasing.Objectives:We aimed to investigate the impact of DMPA on PrEP drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in women using PrEP before and after DMPA administration.Methods:In this pilot study, 12 HIV-negative women ages 18-45 underwent biological sample collection at 3 time points: before study drug, after 2 weeks of daily PrEP use alone, and after 2 weeks of daily PrEP and concomitant DMPA use. We measured drug and drug metabolites in plasma, peripheral blood mononuclear cells, cervicovaginal fluid, cervical tissue, and rectal fluid after each 2-week course of PrEP. We measured HIV replication ex vivo in genital tissue biopsies and innate anti-HIV activity in cervicovaginal fluid before PrEP and after both courses. We compared drug concentrations after PrEP alone to after PrEP and DMPA in the same participant using Wilcoxon signed-rank tests. We used mixed effects linear regression models to compare pharmacodynamic measures for each participant at predrug baseline, after PrEP alone, and after PrEP and DMPA.Results:We found no significant differences in PrEP drug and drug metabolite concentrations in any compartment during concomitant DMPA use compared with use of PrEP alone, except for a reduction in emtricitabine concentration in cervical tissue. We found no difference in HIV replication in cervical tissue or anti-HIV activity in cervicovaginal fluid during concomitant DMPA and PrEP use compared with during PrEP use alone.Conclusions:Concomitant use of DMPA does not clinically alter pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics of PrEP in women. These data support the safety of DMPA use in women using PrEP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-188
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • DMPA
  • PrEP
  • emtricitabine
  • tenofovir

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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