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  • The World Health Organization's reclassification last month of progestogen-only injectable contraceptives has triggered a critical debate in the family planning community over how to manage the potential link between higher rates of HIV acquisition and one of the most popular birth control methods in many at-risk communities.

    April 4, 2017
  • A vaccine for HIV has been sought since the early days of the epidemic. After years of difficulties and setbacks, several new approaches are providing cause for optimism.

    April 1, 2017
  • While the Gates Foundation encourages its grantees to diversify, it is often difficult for organizations that get Gates’ funding early on to attract other donors. This is because of a perception that they do not need further support, Peter Matlon, an expert in agricultural development, said in front of the audience at the American Enterprise Institute.

    March 31, 2017
  • Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force joined 40 national organizations in taking part in a protest in front of the White House against President Donald Trump’s global gag rule.

    March 8, 2017
    LGBT Weekly
  • In an interview on behalf of IFARA at CROI 2017, Kevin Fisher spoke with Ian Sanne and Kevin De Cock about HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

    March 6, 2017
  • In an interview on behalf of IFARA at CROI 2017, Morenike Ukpong-Folayan spoke with Mark Hubbard and Stacey Hannah about addressing community concerns regarding medical research.

    March 6, 2017
  • One benefit of a “test and treat” approach is that it reduces the amount of virus in carriers’ bodies and so lowers their chances of passing it on. But despite big health benefits, the “test and treat” approach throws up new challenges for countries with large HIV epidemics.

    March 2, 2017
    The Guardian
  • A new vaccine-based treatment for HIV has succeeded in suppressing the virus in five patients, raising hopes further research could help prevent AIDS without the need for daily drugs. Researchers combined two innovative HIV vaccines with a drug usually used to treat cancer in the trial... After receiving the treatment, the virus was undetectable in five out of 24 participants and its spread was stopped by their immune systems, reported the New Scientist. One of them has been drug-free for seven months.

    February 24, 2017
  • The battle to save the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is already well underway, just one month after President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration and his almost immediate reinstatement of the country's global gag order on foreign funding for comprehensive sexual health services.

    February 22, 2017
  • “The last person that I train, I want that training to be in something other than HIV”, says Jared Baeten. Speaking to The Lancet Infectious Diseases from the HIV Research for Prevention Conference (HIVR4P) in Chicago, IL, USA, where he has brought a 12-strong team of his researchers, Baeten explains: “When that time comes, I want HIV to have been eliminated as public health threat, so we can focus on other diseases”.

    January 3, 2017