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Nationwide PrEP Search Engine Debuts at U.S. Conference on AIDS

Emory University and partners have developed a new web-based directory of PrEP providers across the U.S., launching the project at the U.S. Conference on AIDS taking place this week in Hollywood, Florida. The search engine can be used to help people find physicians or clinics in their area that will prescribe Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) for HIV prevention.

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AIDS 2016: Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention is Effective and Acceptable

An updated adherence analysis from the ASPIRE study indicates that consistent users of a vaginal ring containing dapivirine experienced 65% fewer HIV infections, according to a presentation at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban. Moreover, African women who took part in the study told researchers that they liked the product, found it easy to use, and preferred it to possible alternatives such as tablets or vaginal gels.

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AIDS 2016: Neglect of Infectious Disease in Prisons Highlighted at Conference

A special issue of The Lancet was published to coincide with the recent 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, containing a comprehensive seriesof reviews on the burden of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis (TB) among prisoners worldwide.

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AIDS 2016: Realism Needed About the Benefits and Risks of Taking Part in HIV Cure Research

A significant proportion of people living with HIV would be willing to take part in a study towards a cure for HIV, according to research presented at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban. However, some potential participants may not fully understand that taking part in an early-phase study is highly unlikely to afford any personal clinical benefit, but might have the potential to cause harm.

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AIDS 2016: PrEP Study Achieves High Engagement and Adherence Among Black Gay Men

What was described at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) as the first PrEP trial devised and run by black gay men has shown that high levels of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use, retention, and adherence can be achieved in a demonstration project if recruitment and support structures are tailored to the needs of black men who have sex with men.

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AIDS 2016: HIV Will Only Be Cured with Combined Approaches, Conference Delegates Hear

Curing people of HIV infection will have to involve combinations of drugs and approaches, just as HIV treatment does, delegates heard at the Towards an HIV Cure workshop held in advance of the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban. The reason is the same, too: HIV can easily develop resistance to single agents, even ones as sophisticated as broadly neutralizing antibodies and gene-editing enzymes.

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FDA Taking Public Comment on Potential Changes to Gay Blood Donation Policy

Through late November the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently accepting public comments, supported by scientific evidence, as it considers changes to its policy restricting blood donations by gay and bisexual men. Instead of the current 1-year waiting period after a man has sex with another man, the agency is considering a more individualized policy that focuses on risk behavior rather than sexual orientation or self-identification.

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