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HIV Research for Prevention Conference, Chicago

HIVR4P 2016: With tribute and award, research conference celebrates reproductive health, human rights champions

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CHICAGO – Traditions have to begin somewhere, and as this prevention-focused conference wrapped up its second meeting on Thursday, presentations continued one tradition began at its first meeting in 2014 and  proposed a new one, recognizing work that both inform research and enable it possibilities to be realized. Tributes to Dr. Ward Cates by colleagues Dr. Mike Cohen and […]

HIVR4P 2016: Circumcision offers major contribution to ending HIV epidemic as a public health threat

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CHICAGO – Kenya’s medical circumcision program launched early with ambition, charting circumcisions performed for 1.3 million men by the end of 2015, leaving evaluators asking what is and what will be the impact of this HIV prevention intervention on the epidemic? Through the lens of the clinical trials that showed that circumcision can reduce the risk […]

HIVR4P 2016: From development to delivery, making innovation useful takes planning

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CHICAGO –  Anne Philpott of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development got curious as she scanned the program of this uniquely HIV-prevention oriented conference, and conducted a keyword search. She found: 996 references to PrEP (or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis); 841 references to sex (including references to sexually transmitted infections); 219 references to ARV (or antiretroviral medicines that […]

HIVR4P 2016: From dapivirine rings to multipurpose prevention tools, “we still have a huge job ahead of us”

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CHICAGO – The last time she visited Africa, Sharon Hillier recounts, she met a local woman who was unimpressed with the work scientists had done so far to protect women living in low-resource settings, exposed to multiple risks. You need to get back to work and make something we can use, Hillier, a microbiologist at the University […]

HIVR4P 2016: Services for female sex workers show low cost impact

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CHICAGO – Presentations this morning highlighted efforts to reach female sex workers with data from studies in South Africa, Rwanda and Kenya that provided HIV self-testing, antiretroviral treatment, pre-exposure prophylactic use of antiretroviral drugs — PrEP — and other services. In a South Africa study looking at the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of engaging female sex workers […]

HIVR4P 2016: “The undiagnosed and untreated are still the key drivers of the epidemic”

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CHICAGO – While basic science discussed here lays the ground work for steps through laboratories and clinics that are hoped to lead eventually to lasting control of HIV, a starting session today explored the realities that, confronted immediately, will slow the pandemic’s momentum, and lower its toll. From the hardest hit countries in Africa to the […]

HIVR4P 2016: Live from Chicago

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CHICAGO – As the quest of new biomedical tools and interventions to prevent HIV infection and illness continues, Science Speaks is in Chicago this week covering the HIV Research For Prevention — HIVR4P 2016 — Conference. The conference promises news of developments in HIV treatment as prevention, pre-exposure prophylaxis, circumcision (or, as they say here, TasP, […]