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  • Rolling out a new HIV prevention injection should be a priority in South Africa, says Thandi Maluka, Executive Director of HIV activist group Positive Women’s Network (PWN). She says an HIV prevention injection, administered every two months, is going to make life easier for many people, especially young people. This is because the injection can be taken more discreetly than prevention pills.

    March 3, 2022
    Health 24
  • When given the option, adolescent girls and young women in Africa overwhelmingly opted to use either a drug-eluting vaginal ring or oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to protect against HIV infection, a researcher reported.

    February 18, 2022
    MedPage Today
  • Understand what matters most about clinical trial endpoints for both advocates and researchers. This conversation includes Jeanne Baron, the host of Px Pulse; Matthew Rose, a director at Global Health Strategies; Dave Glidden, a professor of biostatistics at the University of California at San Francisco; Erica Lessem, a senior strategist for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and Meagan O’Brien, the senior medical director of early clinical development and clinical experimental sciences at Regeneron.

    February 14, 2022
  • As transgender people working in HIV research and public health, we express concern over the exploitation of transgender communities in academic research. Articles published in The Lancet have compelled our response, but in the spirit of calling our colleagues in rather than out, we are responding to the broader practice of studying transgender communities as so-called subjects of academic intrigue rather than real people with urgent health needs.

    February 12, 2022
    The Lancet
  • Future historians studying the 2020s may disagree about many things, but it is safe to assume all of them will agree that the COVID-19 pandemic was transformative. When it comes to humanity's ongoing war against infectious diseases, this pandemic accelerated development of a new vaccine platform known as mRNA technology, one that scientists believe could some day be used against everything from malaria and tuberculosis to all strains of influenza.

    February 10, 2022
  • The International AIDS Society convened a multidisciplinary committee of experts in December 2020 to provide guidance and key considerations for the safe and ethical management of clinical trials involving people living with HIV (PLWH) during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. This consultation did not discuss guidance for the design of prevention studies for people at risk of HIV acquisition, nor for the programmatic delivery of antiretroviral therapy (ART).

    February 9, 2022
  • Simple effect of COVID-19 or long-term trend? In 2020, HIV prevention research saw a notable drop in funding globally, a report released in December by AVAC reveals. Figures to be interpreted with caution, as research is advancing rapidly.

    January 17, 2022
  • Just before Christmas, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved an injectable formulation of the HIV drug cabotegravir for use as PrEP. The drug, to be given as an injection every two months, will be branded as Apretude in the US. Although FDA approval came earlier than expected, they could have hardly rejected it.

    January 7, 2022
  • Financial support for the research and development (R&D) of HIV prevention declined in 2020, marking a drop for the second year in a row and continuing an eight-year trend of either decreased or flat funding, according to the latest annual report on the topic from AVAC, a global organization focused on HIV prevention.

    December 28, 2021
  • The first long-acting injectable for HIV prevention has now been approved for use, the FDA announced on Monday. Long-acting injectable cabotegravir (CAB-LA, branded as Apretude) is administered as a monthly injection for the first 2 months, then every 2 months afterwards. It is the first long-acting injectable for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The drug is approved for adults and adolescents weighing at least 77 lb.

    December 22, 2021
    MedPage Today