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  • 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
  • ART quells genital HIV shedding throughout menstrual cycle

    Antiretroviral therapy (ART) that suppresses HIV RNA in plasma also suppressed genital HIV shedding across the menstrual cycle in a 3-week study of 20 women.

    17 September 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • HIV-fighting intravaginal ring research nets $20M from NIH

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health devoted $20 million to a group of institutions including Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island to develop an HIV drug-delivering intravaginal ring. The design of a successful ring is a priority in HIV research, and the sustained release of drugs the ring offers could eventually play a crucial role in HIV prevention in the developing world.

    15 September 2014 | Fierce Drug Delivery
  • Are "Sugar Daddies" to Blame for HIV Transmission in Africa?

    It was long assumed that a major driver of the vastly greater prevalence of HIV infection in Zimbabwe, South Africa and other epicenters of the African HIV epidemic is intergeneratioal sex - sepcifically, young women having sexual realtionships with older "sugar daddies". Contrary to expectations, a recent high-quality, longitudinal study showed that participation in intergenerational sex did not impact the likelihood of contracting HIV infection.

    05 September 2014 | Scientific American
  • Malawi First Country to Put HIV Positive Pregnant Women On ARVs

    President Arthur Peter Mutharika says Malawi was the first country to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count.

    02 September 2014 | AllAfrica
  • Zambia: PMTCT Real Life Story

    The pain of living through the loss of three children was enough to discourage Constance Mudenda from ever contemplating parenting. When she was pregnant, her greatest desire was to have a child born free of HIV, and now she will continue to mentor her daughter to ensure she is protected from acquiring HIV.

    21 August 2014 | Times of Zambia
  • There's a pill that prevents HIV — why are only gay men talking about it?

    Truvada is the HIV prevention pill that puts women in control.

    06 August 2014 | The Verge
  • Weaving HIV protection: UW researchers use fabric to protect women against infection

    Scientists use a method of weaving the drug into silk-like fibers that dissolve quickly when inserted into the vagina before sex, delivering a higher dose than is possible with other topical methods currently being tested.

    05 August 2014 | Business Journal
  • More young Australian women contract HIV on overseas trips, say counsellors

    Increasing numbers of young Australian women travelling overseas during their gap year or for working holidays are contracting HIV, frontline sexual health workers say, prompting them to call for targeted awareness campaigns. The chief executive of the HIV support organisation Living Positive Victoria, Brent Allan, has been working in HIV and AIDS advocacy since the early 1990s and said he is encountering more women who have contracted the virus overseas.

    26 June 2014 | The Guardian
  • PrEPared to Fight: A Woman-Centered Approach to HIV Prevention

    In 2000, Poppy Hillsborough* entered an office at San Francisco General Hospital with babies on her mind. Her boyfriend, Ted Morgan,* has HIV, and she wanted to know if she could have children with him without adopting or using expensive reproductive technology. If she thought of HIV medications at all, it was because they were keeping Morgan healthy. As far as Hillsborough was concerned, babies and meds were two different issues.

    19 June 2014 | BETA blog
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