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  • Long-acting injectable HIV prevention with cabotegravir was superior to daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-emtricitabine (TDF/FTC; Truvada) in men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, a randomized trial found.

    August 13, 2021
    MedPage Today
  • A large clinic in Seattle, Washington that has been tracking rates of HIV and STIs and the sexual behaviour of gay and bisexual men from 2002 to 2018 has found that anal sex without a condom with HIV-discordant or unknown partners has increased since 2013.

    August 12, 2021
  • A new HIV vaccine candidate that aims to neutralise nearly all strains of the virus will be trialled in Kenya beginning this month. Until now, scientists have been unable to make an effective HIV vaccine, partly because the virus mutates so quickly, so it’s hard to create a vaccine to work against it.

    August 11, 2021
    The Star
  • The fight against HIV is set to receive a major boost if the monthly pill, whose trials Kenyan women will participate in, is proven effective. Islatravir pill is taken once per month to prevent HIV transmissions through sex and has been termed as a game changer if its efficacy is proven.

    August 11, 2021
    All Africa
  • Starting antiretroviral therapy very early, before extensive immune system damage occurs, improves the prospects for a functional cure, according to research presented at the 11th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2021). But most people with HIV are diagnosed and start treatment later, during chronic infection. Another study found that a combination of antibodies that block interleukin 10 and PD-1 may help control the virus without antiretrovirals even at this later stage.

    August 11, 2021
    Antibody Related Research, Cure
  • Add malaria to the growing list of infectious diseases that one day may be prevented with labmade antibodies. In an unusual study, nine people who received these monoclonal antibodies were deliberately exposed to mosquitoes carrying the parasite that causes malaria. None became infected—and the protection appears to last for more than half a year.

    August 11, 2021
    Antibody Related Research
    Science Magazine
  • People with weakened immune systems — such as those with untreated HIV infection, people with diabetes or those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer — are far more likely than people with healthy bodily defences to end up in an intensive care unit or die from COVID-19.

    August 10, 2021
    Daily Maverick
  • More than 175 public health experts, scientists and activists on Tuesday demanded that President Biden take urgent steps to confront the global spread of the coronavirus, warning that without immediate action to inoculate the rest of the world, newer variants are likely to emerge — including ones that may evade vaccines’ protection.

    August 10, 2021
    Washington Post
  • Inflammasome Therapeutics has received funding to develop a sustained-release formulation that provides protection from HIV infection and birth control for 12 months. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is bankrolling the project through a $1.3 million grant.

    August 10, 2021
    Fierce Pharma
  • Rapper DaBaby drew sharp criticism after he delivered a rant during a concert on July 25, 2021, insulting people living with HIV or sexually transmitted illnesses. He not only disrespected women and same-gender-loving men, but also falsely equated HIV with a death sentence.

    August 9, 2021
    The Conversation
  • In 2002, journalist and activist Emily Bass was arrested outside the White House during a protest of then-US President George W. Bush’s failure to respond to the global HIV crisis.

    August 6, 2021
  • A recent study conducted by investigators from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute has discovered that a minority of patients who switched to a more costly version of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) therapy had documented clinical reasons for doing so.

    August 6, 2021
    Contagion Live
  • Research into the strategies used by Pamoja, a community-based organisation, suggests its use of safe spaces, peer mentors and education for parents and partners have led to a successful roll-out of PrEP among adolescent girls and young women.

    August 6, 2021

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