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  • The conversation at AIDS 2020 is focusing not just on developing new technologies to fight HIV/AIDS — but also ensuring the tools that already exist realize their potential for impact. As the world falls short of 2020 targets for progress on HIV/AIDS, global health experts are highlighting the need to make testing, prevention, and treatment affordable and accessible.

    July 8, 2020
    Devex
  • An injection every two months is three times more effective in preventing HIV infection among men and transgender women than a daily prevention pill.

    July 8, 2020
    Bhekisisa
  • Even in the days of the internet, conferences remain the lifeblood of science. Young thrusters can meet old fogeys and lobby them for jobs. Ideas can be swapped in the knowledge that no electronic trail will come back to haunt you. And journalists can swoop, scoop up a bundle of interesting stories and, with luck, provide an update to their readers and viewers of developments in whatever field the conference was about.

    July 8, 2020
    The Economist
  • Taken every 2 months, the long-acting injectable drug cabotegravir (CAB-LA) prevented more HIV infections than daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC), according to newly announced results from a major Phase 3 study. The results were released originally in May due to the overwhelmingly positive data on CAB-LA for PrEP, but researchers presented their final data in early July at the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020).

    July 7, 2020
    The BodyPro
  • New clinical evidence shows that cabotegravir, an investigative injectable drug under development for HIV prevention and treatment, is 66 percent more effective than oral preexposure prophylaxis.

    July 7, 2020
    Devex
  • Mark Feinberg and Helen Rees joined Mitchell Warren for a webinar titled “Pandemic Vaccine Development and Lessons for COVID-19” in April 2020. It is part of the COVID-19 and HIV webinar series hosted by AVAC, which focuses on global advocacy for HIV prevention.

    June 29, 2020
    General
    POZ
  • When Dázon Dixon Diallo began working to prevent the spread of HIV among women in 1985, she first had to convince them that they could get the infection. Even some HIV activists didn’t fully appreciate that women needed to be included in prevention efforts. Diallo founded an Atlanta-based organization called SisterLove to promote reproductive justice and to support women with or at risk of getting HIV/AIDS, expanding it to a program in South Africa, where today two-thirds of the people living with HIV are women. In the US, almost one in five new HIV diagnoses are among women.

    June 10, 2020
    Wired
  • We reflect on the events that led to the controversies and identified that scientific and ethical concerns raised by members of local communities at each of these sites were erased by trialists, causing crisis that led to premature shut down the early PrEP trials. In the aftermath of these trials, the World Health Organisation, UNAIDS, and AVAC developed ethics guidelines intended to recognize the concerns as authentic, and developed guidelines to improve researchers’ engagement of communities in biomedical HIV prevention trial design and implementation.

    June 5, 2020
    Global Bioethics
  • In just six months, the virus that causes COVID-19 has spread around the world, infected over 5 million people, and exacted devastating public health and economic tolls that are only just beginning. Unprecedented efforts to accelerate the development of a vaccine for the virus underscore the urgency of this public health crisis.

    May 27, 2020
    General
    Devex
  • While results for the long-acting HIV prevention medication cabotegravir are promising in men who have sex with men (MSM), there is still no data on this drug in women, begging the question of whether this will be another HIV prevention option that ends up being approved for only one population.

    May 19, 2020
    MedPage Today

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