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The Women Who Fought AIDS: 'It Was Never Not Our Battle'

AIDS is perceived as a "gay man's disease," but lesbians were deeply committed to fighting it as well.

Published
01 September 2015
From
Broadly
Canada: New study finds majority of women living with HIV who also inject drugs face legal obligation to disclose HIV status to sexual partners

A new study presented to the IAS conference in Vancouver, Canada found that 44 per cent of women within a research cohort of people who use injection drugs living with HIV in Vancouver would be legally obligated to disclose their HIV status to their sexual partners. Within the study, 65 per cent of male participants compared with only 45 percent of female participants satisfied the Supreme Court of Canada’s legal test for HIV non-disclosure. This says that people living with HIV must disclose their HIV status to a partner before sexual activity unless both a condom is used and a low HIV viral load is present.

Published
26 August 2015
From
HIV Justice Network
Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over their Condition

Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV-infected women, when they have the opportunity to manage their infection, prevent transmission to their new baby and enter a long-term pattern of maintenance of HIV care after giving birth—but most HIV-infected women aren’t getting that chance. That is the major message from a pair of new studies in Philadelphia, one published early online this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and the other published in July in PLOS ONE.

Published
26 August 2015
From
Drexel Now
PrEPosterous gender health inequality?

PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) is a highly effective “game changer". Women should get excited right? Well, perhaps not – it’s not yet clear if we’ll get our hands on it.

Published
20 August 2015
From
NAT
HIV-positive postpartum women who rapidly re-engage with HIV care more likely to have viral suppression in longer term

HIV-positive women who have recently given birth have low rates of engagement with HIV care, investigators from the US report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious

Published
19 August 2015
By
Michael Carter
'HIV gel' effective against herpes

A microbicide gel initially intended to offer protection against HIV has been found to be effective against herpes. Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in South Africa. In the latest study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) showed that Tenofovir gel halved the risk of developing herpes simplex virus type 2 – a virus that is a leading cause of genital ulcers.

Published
13 August 2015
From
Independent Online (South Africa)
WAVES shows elvitegravir regimen beats boosted atazanavir for women with HIV

A study of antiretroviral treatment specifically for women with HIV showed that a single-tablet regimen containing the integrase inhibitor elvitegravir suppressed the virus better than a regimen

Published
06 August 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Open-label PrEP in Botswana: very high adherence and no HIV infections seen

A study of open-label Truvada HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in Botswana among heterosexual people found very high adherence rates. Around 90% of participants had useful levels of the

Published
05 August 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Intermittent PrEP may be a robust strategy for anal sex – vaginal much less certain

The pharmacodynamics (drug absorption and elimination rates) of the two drugs that comprise Truvada may favour the efficacy of intermittent pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) more than previously thought, at

Published
22 July 2015
By
Gus Cairns
The pros and cons of PrEP: trial volunteers recount their experience of the ADAPT study

The reasons whether or not people come forward for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or take it once prescribed are likely to be very mixed, and dependent as much

Published
22 July 2015
By
Gus Cairns
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