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  • For more than 30 years, the belief was that “safer sex = condoms”. But what happens when science shows that pills and gels can also prevent HIV? How do we rethink decades of prevention programs that equated condoms with safer sex and left few other choices?

    April 1, 2013
    ACHIEVE Vol. 5, No. 4
  • About two thirds of women didn’t consistently use Gilead’s daily pill Truvada or Viread, which came in the form of a pill or vaginal gel, according to the study released yesterday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.

    March 5, 2013
    Bloomberg News
  • A three-year clinical trial involving over 5,000 women in East and Southern Africa has found that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) - whether a vaginal gel or an oral tablet - is not effective at preventing HIV infection in young, unmarried women.

    March 5, 2013
  • The failure was due not to the methods — two different pills and a vaginal gel — but to the fact that the women did not use them consistently.

    March 4, 2013
    New York Times
  • The daily use of a vaginal gel or oral medication does not appear to prevent HIV infection in young, unmarried African women, according to the results of a large HIV prevention trial...

    March 4, 2013
    Mail & Guardian (South Africa)
  • "Perhaps the most important finding was that although women came back to the clinic every month and were dedicated to the trial, the majority of these women didn’t actually take the product in the end."

    March 4, 2013
    Voice of America
  • Bringing major new medical breakthroughs to people in need requires both a realistic agenda and a political will.

    February 6, 2013
    South Florida Gay News
  • With a checkered past, marred by decades of missteps, dead ends, controversies and a repeated need to change the direction of research, the quest for a therapeutic HIV vaccine is charting a slow but dogged path.

    February 5, 2013
  • Suddenly, people have begun to talk seriously about ending the global HIV epidemic. Medical breakthroughs have changed the global HIV landscape. These new developments include the following: Microbicides, treatment as prevention, PrEP, voluntary male circumcision, and preventing mother-to-child transmission.

    January 30, 2013
    South Florida Gay News
  • 2012 was a year when political leaders and top health officials freely spoke of attaining an AIDS-free generation.

    December 28, 2012
    Voice of America