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  • 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
  • HPTN researchers: Don’t forget family planning in HIV prevention

    “Unless family planning is increased in Africa, eliminating mother-to-child transmission will not be met,” FHI 360 President Emeritus Ward Cates said.

    20 May 2013 | Science Speaks
  • Pope Francis' View on Contraception Could Impact AIDS Work

    Catholic organizations around the world are still digesting how the selection of Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, now Pope Francis , might impact their work, and that includes disease-prevention efforts.

    15 March 2013 | ABC News
  • Marge Berer on Depo-Provera and informed choice

    From one perspective, a method that a woman need only renew once every three months was a gift. One injection four times a year and no fear of unwanted pregnancy. But the potential for abuse of this method was obvious from the beginning, and abuse there was, from paternalistic family planning providers.

    20 February 2013 | BMJ Group blogs
  • Bill to Expand Birth Control Is Approved in Philippines

    After a ferocious national debate that pitted family members against one another, and some faithful Catholics against their church, the Philippine Congress passed legislation on Monday to help the country’s poorest women gain access to birth control.

    19 December 2012 | New York Times
  • Electrically spun fabric offers dual defense against pregnancy, HIV

    A University of Washington team has developed a versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV. Electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers can dissolve to release drugs, providing a platform for cheap, discrete and reversible protection.

    10 December 2012 | University of Washington press release
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