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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
Researchers to test monthly vaginal ring for HIV prevention

Two large clinical trials in Africa are ramping up to test the effectiveness of a vaginal ring that releases an HIV-fighting drug for a month or more, offering women at high risk a discreet way to protect themselves from the virus that causes AIDS.

Published
25 July 2012
From
Reuters
Vaginal ring may help reduce HIV infections

A vaginal ring containing an antiviral drug is being tested in Africa and, if successful, could provide women with an easy-to-use alternative to vaginal microbicides to help reduce their risk of HIV infection.

Published
03 July 2012
From
Sci Dev Net
The road to PrEP: trials, regulation and roll-out

Within the next three years, up to 33,000 people may take part in 22 different studies worldwide to demonstrate the feasibility, or otherwise, of pre-exposure prophylaxis

Published
25 June 2012
By
Gus Cairns
New hope for women who need protection from HIV

A major trial is being launched in Africa of a vaginal ring which releases antiretroviral drugs to allow women to protect themselves from the Aids virus. If successful, it could also be combined with hormonal contraception.

Published
14 June 2012
From
The Guardian
Microbicides 2012 Conference: Adherence – the A-word on everyone’s lips

In part I of this two-part blog series, Jim Pickett talks about his experiences at the recently concluded Microbicides 2012 conference in Sydney and the buzz among advocates and trial designers today.

Published
02 May 2012
From
Mapping Pathways
Uganda: Nation to Test Anti-HIV Vaginal Ring

Uganda could start testing the effectiveness of a vaginal ring to protect women against HIV infection by the end of this year, The Observer has learnt. Dubbed ASPIRE (A Study to Prevent Infection with a Ring for Extended Use), the planned two-year study seeks to determine whether a woman's use of a vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral drug Dapivirine offers effective protection against the sexual transmission of HIV.

Published
27 April 2012
From
AllAfrica

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