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NIAID to Fund Further Study of Dapivirine Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention Investment in HOPE Trial Augments Development of Next-Generation Prevention Tools

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today that it would move forward with an open-label extension study of an HIV prevention tool for women: a silicone ring that continuously releases the experimental antiretroviral drug dapivirine in the vagina. The new study builds on…

HRSA Recognizes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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On March 10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will join millions of people across the country to commemorate the 11th annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This observance highlights the impact of HIV and AIDS on this population and raises public awareness about the challenges women and girls face when accessing…

Women and HIV: Essential Reads!

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For the March 10 observance of  National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), here are recent developments in HIV prevention, care and treatment, research, and policy to inform your conversations around women’s health. Vaginal Ring Provides Partial Protection from HIV in Large Multinational Trial (February 22, 2016): This post shares the results of NIH-funded…

Digital Communication: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016

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A Pew Research Center report notes that women continue to use Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest more than men do. As we prepare to observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) on  March 10, here are some resources to that you can share across each of these platforms. Use #NWGHAAD and join the conversation…

XOXO: Put Your #BestDefense Into Play

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Editor’s Note: As we lead up to this week’s observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, here are HIV prevention tips and resources from the Office on Women’s Health.  Ever heard the phrase “The Best Defense Is a Good Offense”? Sure, it’s generally a sports phrase, but why can’t it apply to sex,…

Drs. Wolitski and Mermin Discuss Highlights of CDC Presentations at CROI 2016 (Videos)

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While at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston last week, Dr. Rich Wolitski, Acting Director of the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, had an opportunity speak with Dr. Jono Mermin, Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, about highlights of some…

Vaginal Ring & PrEP Updates from CROI with NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach (Video)

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New scientific findings to inform HIV prevention efforts were among the key highlights shared at CROI yesterday, according to Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). After another day full of presentations on the latest in HIV science at the 2016 Conference on…

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…