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Vaginal Ring Provides Partial Protection from HIV in Large Multinational Trial

Woman holding the dapivirine vaginal ring tested in the NIH-funded ASPIRE study.
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NIH-Funded Study Finds Protective Effect Strongest in Women over Age 25 A ring that continuously releases an experimental antiretroviral drug in the vagina safely provided a modest level of protection against HIV infection in women, a large clinical trial in four sub-Saharan African countries has found. The ring reduced the risk of HIV infection by…

Scientific Advances in HIV and HCV To Be Examined Next Week at CROI 2016

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The 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) takes place next week in Boston, and AIDS.gov will be there. This annual scientific meeting brings together top basic, translational, and clinical researchers from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments, and best research methods in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and related…

Addressing the Burden of HIV Infection in Young Black Men

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February 7th marked the annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) . Led by the Strategic Leadership Council, this initiative was designed to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities across the nation. Even with this national health observance and other efforts, findings from a new CDC study support the…

Tweeting for Heart Health

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Today we highlight a Twitter chat that will focus on an area of concern in the HIV community: cardiovascular health. That chat will take place at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Prior studies have shown that HIV-infected individuals are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and our knowledge of heart health…

5 Things to Know About Instagram

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With a community of over 400 million monthly active users, Instagram  is one of the fastest growing photo-and video-sharing social media platforms. Between 2012–2015, Instagram’s usage doubled to include 28% of online adults (Pew Research Center, 2015). Users share nearly 80 million posts each day, making Instagram an excellent platform for those who like visual…

HepCure: Free Hepatitis C App Available for Patients and Providers to Connect and Cure

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than half of all people living with hepatitis C in the U.S. are unaware of their infection and only 9% have been successfully treated and cured, despite the availability of well-tolerated curative treatments for the past several years. A major priority of the Action Plan…

Safer Internet Day

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If we want to use digital tools effectively, we have to use them responsibly—so we wanted to share with you that today is Safer Internet Day, an awareness-raising campaign that started in Europe more than a decade ago and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. Safer Internet Day gained official recognition in the…

#mypositivespin – helping address stigma in the Black community

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Last March, we launched the digital storytelling project, Positive Spin to continue to raise awareness and understanding of the HIV care continuum. Given the disproportionate impact of HIV on young Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and our ongoing commitment to using new media tools in HIV efforts, Positive…