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  • Advocates Call for Full Funding of Research on HIV and Contraception

    We call on the donors to ensure the ECHO trial is fully funded without additional budget cuts or delays. ECHO is a randomized clinical trial that would look at whether the three options—Depo, Jadelle, and the copper intrauterine device—affect HIV-negative women’s risk of acquiring HIV.

    15 September 2014 | RH Reality Check
  • The Weakest Link of HIV Prevention in Africa – Contraception

    In the rush to save babies from HIV infection and treat their mothers, experts warn that a key element of HIV prevention is being neglected in Africa – contraceptives for HIV positive women.

    15 August 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • One in four HIV-positive women in Central America pressured to sterilise - study

    HIV-positive women in Central America are being pressured to undergo sterilisation by prejudiced health workers and misled about the risk of the virus being transmitted to their unborn children, a study showed.

    23 July 2014 | Thomson Reuters
  • 'Remote control' contraceptive chip available 'by 2018'

    A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts. The chip is implanted under a woman's skin, releasing a small dose of levonorgestrel, a hormone.

    08 July 2014 | BBC
  • Unsafe sex: why everyone's at it

    They pay their bills, hold down careers – so why are young people taking risks when it comes to sex? We talk to the women (and men) ditching contraception and trusting in luck.

    24 May 2014 | The Guardian
  • Study comparing injectable contraceptives DMPA and NET-EN finds HIV risk higher with DMPA

    Women who used an injectable contraceptive called DMPA were more likely to acquire HIV than women using a similar product called NET-EN, according to a secondary analysis of data from a large HIV prevention trial called VOICE. The new analysis, conducted by researchers from the NIH-funded Microbicide Trials Network, is the first head-to-head observational study to directly compare differences in HIV risk between users of DMPA and NET-EN.

    04 March 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Hormonal Contraception + HIV + Limited Data = “A Public Health Conundrum”

    Chelsea Polis, senior epidemiological advisor at USAID, has considered more questions surrounding hormonal contraception and HIV than most people know even exist and admits to being frustrated when people want simple answers.

    12 November 2013 | Science Speaks
  • Population Council presents positive results of Phase 3 trial of 1-year contraceptive vaginal ring

    The Population Council presented findings from a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial that was designed to demonstrate the safety, efficacy, and acceptability of the Council's investigational one-year contraceptive vaginal ring.

    16 October 2013 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Adolescents, Technology and Reducing Risk for HIV, STDs and Pregnancy

    This white paper is intended for practitioners and others who work with adolescents and provides an overview about the ways in which digital technology can be used to improve the sexual health of adolescents.

    17 September 2013 | US CDC
  • Programmatic and research considerations for hormonal contraception for women at risk of HIV and women living with HIV

    In early 2012 WHO convened a meeting of experts to discuss research on use of hormonal contraception by women at high risk of HIV and those currently living with HIV. The conclusions and recommendations from the Consultation have already been published. However during the consultation multiple programmatic and research issues emerged, including priority knowledge gaps. This brief serves to highlight actions that programmes providing sexual and reproductive health and HIV-prevention services should undertake, in order to complement the Consultation’s recommendations. Directions for future research to address current gaps are noted.

    03 June 2013 | World Health Organization
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