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

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

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…

“We Are Family” Highlights Critical Role Support Plays For Those Living with HIV

When Masonia was diagnosed with HIV, her childhood best friend, Crystal, was one of the first people she told. “I wanted her to know she could talk to me about anything, and I would not judge her,” says Crystal recalling that day. Since that day, Crystal has been a constant source of support for Masonia,…

Approaches to Eliminating Perinatal HBV Transmission – Report from an HHS Technical Consultation

One of the four overarching goals of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) is the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HBV. To advance our efforts toward that goal, in September 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a one-day technical consultation, bringing together over…

National HIV/AIDS Strategy in the Spotlight at 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference

The CDC’s 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference got underway last evening in Atlanta. Dr. Jonathan Mermin, MD, Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, welcomed the more than 3,000 participants who have gathered under the conference theme of “Accelerating Progress: Prevent Infections. Strengthen Care. Reduce Disparities.” The opening plenary…

Empowering Women to End HIV & Intimate Partner Violence

HIV activist Gina Brown  never looked at herself as a victim of intimate partner violence. When she found out she was living with HIV, the violence got worse. There is a strong connection between domestic abuse and HIV. According to the CDC [PDF 1,824 KB], an estimated one in three women in the U.S. experiences domestic…

Innovation and Commitment Needed to Turn Back the HIV Epidemic Among Girls

Editor’s Note: In observance of International Day of the Girl, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided this information. You can learn more about CDC efforts to fight HIV among young women and girls around the world here.   Every year, an astonishing 380,000 adolescent girls and young women  [PDF 2,597 KB] are infected with…

Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on New PEPFAR Targets

We are at a pivotal moment in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Globally, both new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths are down by more than 40 percent since their peak. This Administration has invested nearly $50 billion through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to achieve an AIDS-free generation, building on the…