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  • 'The Fact That I Have HIV Is Not Because Of What I Did - It's Because Of What I Didn't Do'

    UK activist Angelina Namiba talks to Marie Claire about her HIV: "People still ask me ‘how I got’ HIV, almost assuming that I must have done something wrong. But HIV doesn’t discriminate, no matter whether you’re rich or poor, young or old, black or white, you name it. The fact that I have HIV is not because of what I did, it’s because of what I didn’t do. And what I didn’t do is what millions of young people are not doing in this world today – they’re not using a condom."

    19 November 2015 | Marie Claire
  • The hidden story of HIV in the UK - and why women need to take ownership

    After my initial shock at the reaction to Charlie Sheen's announcement, I started to realise there was a side to this debate missing. Because, here in the UK, two out of three cases of HIV diagnosed are among black Africans. They make up a little over two per cent of entire UK population yet we account for nearly half of HIV diagnosis.

    19 November 2015 | The Telegraph
  • PrEP is a game changer in HIV prevention, but why isn’t it available to women?

    Susan Cole believes Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is an important and effective HIV prevention tool, according to the trial results. So why is the NHS hesitating to offer it to women?

    10 November 2015 | The F Word
  • Follow-up Screening Rates Low for Breast and Cervical Cancer in HIV+ Women

    Only half of HIV-positive women at a large New Jersey HIV clinic had follow-up cervical cancer screening, and fewer than one third had ongoing screening for breast cancer. Women diagnosed with breast cancer averaged 44 years in age.

    14 October 2015 | NATAP
  • Superhero Vaginal Bacteria Species Traps HIV, Could Be a Natural Condom Someday

    The benevolent powers of the vaginal microbiome are even greater than we thought. In addition to aiding fertilization and protecting fetuses during pregnancy, healthy vaginal mucus that’s full of good bacteria can trap and immobilize HIV particles. The study examined the cervicovaginal mucus, or CVM, of 31 women and tested its ability to immobilize HIV particles. CVM samples that contained higher concentrations of D-lactic acid, which only bacteria can produce, did far better than others. The D-lactic acid wasn’t itself a barrier to HIV, but an indicator of something else going on that made certain types of CVM better at trapping the virus than others. That something was Lactobacillus crispatus, a species of bacteria that could change the way we think about HIV prevention.

    08 October 2015 | Slate
  • Women are missing from HIV drug trials

    In an analysis spanning several decades that included work done as recently as 2012, researchers found that women typically comprised about 11 percent of participants in trials investigating cures for HIV. Similarly, drug studies were only about 19 percent female and just 38 percent of vaccine trial subjects were women.

    05 October 2015 | Reuters
  • Vaginal Infections May Help Explain Link Between Hormonal Contraception and Increased HIV Risk

    Hormones may alter genital tract immunity in a way that makes women more prone to bacterial and viral infections, while disturbances in natural vaginal microbes may also contribute to the association seen in some studies between use of hormonal contraceptives such as Dep-Provera and susceptibility to HIV infection, according to a laboratory study published in the online journal mBio.

    03 October 2015 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • ICAAC 2015: Combination Vaginal Ring May Be Able to Prevent Both HIV and Herpes

    An experimental silicone vaginal ring with separate compartments may be able to deliver both tenofovir for prevention of HIV infection and acyclovir for prevention of genital herpes and potentially other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a report at the 55th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) last weekin San Diego.

    28 September 2015 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • Positive Periods: Addressing stigma around HIV and menstruation

    Menstrual cycles can be very emotionally and psychologically straining for HIV-positive women. I think it is important to give a voice to this unique experience that can further cause women to feel isolated, dirty and ashamed.

    25 September 2015 | Poz
  • Women Know Best Report

    A new report which addresses the wide range of issues which specifically affect women living with HIV and looks at some of the best way to address them.

    24 September 2015 | Positively UK
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