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  • As strategies to prevent HIV and unintended pregnancies evolve, concepts of “multi-purpose technologies” raise a familiar question . . .

    What do women want? While two trials test vaginal rings to fight HIV, market research highlights respondents’ interests in different options.

    14 November 2014 | Science Speaks
  • "On Demand" PrEP Reduces Risk of HIV Among Gay Men -- But What About Women?

    On the heels of news that gay men had very high levels of protection from HIV infection through intermittent pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) timed around sexual activity, a mathematical model predicts that most women would need to stick with a daily dose of Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) to prevent HIV infection from vaginal sex.

    12 November 2014 | The Body Pro
  • Dissolving Tampons Deliver HIV Drugs (and Maybe Contraception, Too)

    University of Washington researchers have created a discreet, quick-dissolving tampon out of silk-line fibers to protect women from HIV. The researchers would ideally like to develop a tampon to protect against HIV, herpes, and pregnancy — an all-in-one shield against the risks of sex. This could prove especially useful in developing countries, where women may not have easy access to other kinds of birth control.

    04 November 2014 | Healthline News
  • Namibia’s Highest Court Finds Government Forcibly Sterilised HIV-Positive Women

    The case was brought by three HIV-positive women who were subjected to sterilisation without their informed consent in public hospitals. The High Court found in favour of the women and held that the practice of coerced sterilisation violated the women’s legal rights.

    04 November 2014 | Southern Africa Litigation Centre (press release)
  • Model Explains Why HIV Prevention Dosing Differs by Sex

    A mathematical model developed by NIH grantees predicts that women must take the antiretroviral medication Truvada daily to prevent HIV infection via vaginal sex, whereas just two doses per week can protect men from HIV infection via anal sex. This finding helps explain why two large clinical trials testing HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, in women failed to show efficacy

    31 October 2014 | National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) press release
  • HIV R4P: Conference co-chair and “vaginal ecologist” Sharon Hillier talks about “the beautiful ecosystem,” and how to make it more resistant to HIV

    “People around the world have mysterious notions about the vagina,” Sharon Hillier told a group of journalists and advocates today. Hillier, one of five co-chairs of HIV R4P, the first global conference devoted to biomedical HIV prevention research, is here to explain her work, which she sums up as making vaginas much more resistant to […](Read more...)

    28 October 2014 | Science Speaks
  • Linking violence against women with HIV and AIDS in Pakistan

    Global literature and research shows that the relationship between violence against women and HIV risk is undeniable, complex and involves multiple pathways. Violence against women places women at an increased risk of HIV both through direct risk of infection and through creating an environment in which women are unable to adequately protect themselves from HIV...This involves chronically abusive relationships where women are repeatedly exposed to the same perpetrator.

    26 October 2014 | Daily Ties, Pakistan
  • Female drug users in Georgia face barriers to access therapy

    Many women addicted to drugs in Georgia are unable to access harm-reduction programmes because of stigma and discrimination, including from health professionals.

    17 October 2014 | The Lancet
  • Just how 'gay' is anal play, really?

    As Charlie Glickman, a sex educator and the author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure: Erotic Exploration of Men and their Partners, explained in an interview last year with Playboy: “We carry a lot of shame around our anuses. ... It’s a shame that starts when we’re in diapers.” According to Glickman,who identifies as bisexual, even as adults, “We look for a reason to justify the taboo. We say it’s disgusting. We say it’s dirty. We say it’s gross.”

    14 October 2014 | The Guardian
  • PrEP, The Pill, and the Fear of Promiscuity

    LGBT academic Ian Lekus compares the furore around PrEP with the one that met the development of the contraceptive pill: "Acknowledged or not, PrEP users — and for that matter, three decades-plus of HIV/AIDS activism — build directly on how the Pill’s early adopters challenged the presumed omniscience of medical authorities. The experiences of the Pill’s first users also remind us to keep a critical eye trained on those institutions and narratives that circumscribe the quest for balancing health, desire, and autonomy."

    25 September 2014 | Nursing Clio
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