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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.

Published
10 December 2012
From
University of Washington press release
Guidance for Industry: Vaginal Microbicides: Development for the Prevention of HIV Infection

This guidance addresses the FDA’s current thinking regarding the overall development program and clinical trial designs to support the development of vaginal microbicide drug products.

Published
27 November 2012
From
US Food and Drug Administration
Some sexual lubricants damage cells – but may not increase HIV risk

An evaluation of 13 sexual lubricants has found that, while many are toxic to the cells that line the vagina and rectum, this does not lead to

Published
09 November 2012
By
Gus Cairns
Salim S Abdool Karim: perseverance pays off

Profile of the leading South African HIV researcher.

Published
19 October 2012
From
The Lancet
International honour for HIV/Aids expert

World-renowned Durban scientist and researcher Professor Salim Abdool Karim, has been elected to the American Institute of Medicine as a foreign associate in recognition of his pioneering contributions to research into HIV prevention and treatment.

Published
16 October 2012
From
Independent Online
Grindr smartphone app could be a good way to recruit gay men to HIV prevention studies

Gay men can be effectively and efficiently recruited to HIV prevention studies using the Grindr smartphone app, investigators from Los Angeles report in AIDS and Behavior. Grindr was

Published
25 September 2012
By
Michael Carter
Vaginal Ring Protects Monkeys Against AIDS Virus, Study Shows

Macaques that received the drug-laced rings were 83 percent less likely to become infected with simian HIV than those that got placebo rings, researchers from the New York-based Population Council wrote in a study published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Published
06 September 2012
From
Bloomberg
Low levels of innate immune activation and high levels of gut antibodies may protect people from HIV

Several research papers published in the last month have reported strong correlations between specific immune responses and protection against HIV infection or its effects. These include

Published
24 August 2012
By
Gus Cairns
Time for multiple prevention technologies (MPTs) is now

Multiple prevention technologies for sexual and reproductive health, also called combination or dual technologies, include vaccines, microbicides and devices like intravaginal rings, diaphragms, and are designed to address multiple sexual and reproductive health needs, including prevention of unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, and other reproductive track infections (RTI).

Published
23 August 2012
From
Citizen News Service
What kind of prevention do gay men need?

A number of presentations at the 19th International AIDS Conference explored the 'hyperepidemic' of HIV amongst men who have sex with men, and especially black MSM. A paper

Published
06 August 2012
By
Gus Cairns

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