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Researchers complete ASPIRE Phase III trial of vaginal ring for HIV prevention in women

In a first for HIV prevention, researchers have completed follow-up of participants in a pivotal Phase III trial that tested a vaginal ring for preventing HIV in women. The ring, which contains the ARV dapivirine, is meant to be worn for a month at a time. More than 2,600 African women took part in ASPIRE, one of two Phase III trials designed to support potential licensure of the ring. Results are expected early 2016.

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18 hours ago
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Eurekalert Medicine & Health
More secondary schooling reduces HIV risk

Longer secondary schooling substantially reduces the risk of HIV infection -- especially for girls -- and could be a very cost-effective way to halt the spread of the virus, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In a study in Botswana, researchers found that, for each additional year of secondary school, students lowered their risk of HIV infection by 8 percentage points about a decade later, from 25 percent to about 17 percent infected.

Published
29 June 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
What Preventing HIV in Babies Can Tell Us about Preventing HIV in Adults

Between 1991 and 2010, a massively successful public health strategy reduced the number of babies born in the U.S. with HIV from over 1500 in a year to just over 150. Those engaged in the fight against HIV should look to and learn from the successes and experiences of perinatal HIV transmission prevention efforts.

Published
29 June 2015
From
BETA blog
Pride in London: NHS to come under pressure to provide 'miracle' HIV prevention pill

Campaigners from the Terrence Higgins Trust will carry placards calling on the Government to have pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) made freely available on the NHS as an HIV prevention strategy for gay men.

Published
27 June 2015
From
The Independent
Potential New HIV Therapy Seen in Component of Immune Cells

A research team led by Weill Cornell Medical College scientists has discovered a way to limit replication of the most common form of HIV at a key moment when the infection is just starting to develop. The study, published June 25 in Nature Communications, has shed light on a potential new element of human immunity against HIV-1 and could provide a powerful new strategy — perhaps as part of an HIV vaccine — to limit the severity of the disease.

Published
26 June 2015
From
Weill Cornell Medical College
4 arrested in connection with southern Indiana HIV outbreak

Authorities say four men have been arrested after allegedly distributing drugs that have fueled the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history.

Published
25 June 2015
From
Indianopolis Star
Toward Comprehensive HIV Prevention Service Delivery in the United States: An Action Plan

This action plan, based primarily on the proceedings of the two consultations, seeks to define a communityfocused national strategy for integrating historically separate HIV prevention interventions and services— many with established positive effects on individual health outcomes—into needs-driven components of population-based care and support programs.

Published
25 June 2015
From
Treatment Action Group
A UNAIDS–Lancet Commission on Defeating AIDS—Advancing Global Health

The UNAIDS–Lancet Commission has come together at a moment when the lessons of the AIDS response, including its whole-of-society perspective, can be informative and even transformational for other spheres of global health. The path to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, as set out in this report, should be a major part of the post-2015 development agenda.

Published
25 June 2015
From
The Lancet
A condom that changes colour when it comes into contact with STIs has been invented by a group of school pupils

The 'S.T.EYE' has a built-in indicator to detect infections such as chlamydia and syphilis, turning a different colour depending on the strain of bacteria present.

Published
24 June 2015
From
The Independent
A Message from AIDS Healthcare Foundation on PrEP and the IAS

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)'s position on PrEP is habitually misrepresented. This trend hit a new low recently when Chris Beyrer, International AIDS Society (IAS) president, publicly accused AHF of “PrEP denialism” in a plenary session at the South Africa AIDS Conference (SAAC).

Published
24 June 2015
From
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
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