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  • Researchers and advocates must ensure it is not perceived as exclusively a treatment for marginalized groups, which will lower its appeal both within those communities but also to other people who could benefit from it.

    November 18, 2016
  • Gilead is not following the accepted standard for community engagement in its new pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial, and we are among a coalition of HIV activists and organizations from Europe and North America calling them out on their bad corporate behavior. We root our criticism in the Good Participatory Practice (GPP) guidelines that were inspired, in part, by controversies in earlier PrEP trials.

    November 16, 2016
    The Body
  • US president-elect Donald Trump is likely to be as indifferent to Africa as he was when he made his first foreign policy campaign speech in April—when he barely mentioned the continent.

    November 10, 2016
    Times LIve
  • Infusions of an antibody against HIV were safe and appeared to suppress the virus briefly when anti-retroviral medications were stopped, researchers said. But in two small phase I clinical trials, HIV rebounded within weeks of stopping standard triple-drug therapy.

    November 9, 2016
    Antibody Related Research
    MedPage Today
  • A new report has revealed how research and development for AIDS vaccines, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis using antiretroviral drugs (PrEP) and treatment as prevention (TasP) are in danger of being slowed or even sidelined because of inadequate funding.

    October 26, 2016
    The Herald
  • An aggressive program of voluntary male circumcision in Kenya—a procedure shown to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV—has already prevented thousands of infections, a researcher said here.

    October 20, 2016
    MedPage Today
  • The need for PrEP to be used in conjunction with condoms was highlighted when scientists announced that a second man taking the daily HIV-prevention pill had contracted a rare, drug-resistant strain of the virus.

    October 20, 2016
  • This is the second case of a man on Truvada, the once-a-day pill that’s highly effective at preventing HIV, contracting a rare drug-resistant strain of the virus.

    October 19, 2016
    Buzz Feed
  • The next generation of biomedical HIV prevention will be a hot topic here at HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) 2016. Long-acting novel antiretrovirals delivered through shots or implants, vaginal rings loaded with antiretrovirals and hormonal contraception, infusions of antibodies against HIV and new HIV vaccines are all on the table—and in the works.

    October 12, 2016
  • "Vaccine developers will insert pieces of HIV in the vaccine candidate. You can't become infected from the vaccine. They insert snippets that will help the body react to the virus," explained Mitchell Warren, the executive director of AVAC, a New York City-based NGO that advocates for the accelerated ethical development of HIV vaccine and prevention options.

    October 3, 2016
    The Body