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  • This expansive cover story examines the debate within the gay community over PrEP. There is excitement at the prospect of reduced fear of HIV transmission but some worry about a perceived potential for increased unprotected sex and its associated risks.

    July 14, 2014
    New York Magazine
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a bold new recommendation that could have significant implications for the fight against HIV. All men who have sex with men (MSM), the guidelines suggest, should consider taking PrEP to help prevent HIV infection.

    July 14, 2014
    Think Progress
  • Earlier this year, two global leaders in HIV prevention posed a provocative question: "Is an HIV vaccine necessary?" With so many other advances in HIV prevention occurring in the last few years, must we really keep heading down the long and difficult road to an effective vaccine?

    May 19, 2014
    Huffington Post
  • Most foreign volunteers who participated in the clinical trial that first proved Truvada prevents HIV no longer have access to the drug. Mitchell Warren, executive director of the global HIV advocacy group AVAC, says, “One of the top priorities has got to be—and we’ve raised this over and over again—that Gilead should be applying, at least for registration [of Truvada as PrEP], in each of the countries where any of the PrEP trials took place."

    May 2, 2014
  • David Hyde talks with Mitchell Warren about the breakthroughs and challenges of HIV prevention over the last 30 years. Warren said that one of the greatest breakthroughs in HIV-AIDS prevention was the rise of the citizen activism that pushed for funding, creativity and urgency in research. "AIDS really changed how research happened," he said. "Science changed because communities ‘acted up.’"

    April 29, 2014
  • People around the world have participated in clinical trials that have drastically changed the way we see HIV prevention. This has to be the year where we honor their commitment by following through on our promise to deliver proven options to the communities where they live.

    March 12, 2014
    Huffington Post
  • Approximately 50 LGBTI activists protested outside the Ugandan Consulate decrying President Museveni’s passage of three Draconian measures. 

    March 6, 2014
    Edge San Francisco
  • AVAC Executive Director Mitchell Warren speaks with Feature Story News about recent developments with long-acting injectables. One injection of anti-retrovirals was shown to protect lab monkeys from HIV for several weeks.

    March 5, 2014
    Feature Story News
  • Researchers are reporting that injections of long-lasting AIDS drugs protected monkeys for weeks against infection, a finding that could lead to a major breakthrough in preventing the disease in humans.

    March 4, 2014
    New York Times
  • A tiny coffee shop table can barely contain Reid Rubsamen, whose restless energy nearly propels him out of his chair as he talks about the Immunity Project, his initiative to crowd-source money to make a new HIV vaccine.

    February 10, 2014