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PrEP Rally: As Numbers Rise, Advocates Want Wider Access

The number of people using pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to prevent HIV infection has risen steadily over the past year, according to data presented this week at a San Francisco community engagement forum. But PrEP advocates -- including 3 city supervisors -- say more needs to be done to overcome barriers to access for all who want it.

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ICAAC 2014: Tenofovir Vaginal Ring and Nanoparticle Gel Are Protective in Animal Studies

A vaginal ring that dispenses tenofovir protected all 6 macaque monkeys exposed to an HIV-like virus, while a heat-sensitive vaginal gel containing tenofovir nanoparticles prevented infection of mice, researchers reported at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy last week in Washington, DC.

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Counseling Helps Improve PrEP Adherence Among Serodiscordant Couples

Cognitive-behavioral counseling sessions significantly increased the likelihood of consistently taking pills among participants with faltering adherence in an African trial of Truvada pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for serodiscordant (mixed HIV status) heterosexual couples, according to a report in the August 15 Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

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PrEP by the Numbers: Interpreting Conflicting Study Data

A recent ad campaign from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has kicked of a new round of controversy about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and how to interpret apparently conflicting numbers from prevention studies.

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AIDS 2014: Studies Show Need for Scaled-up HIV Prevention for Sex Workers

Presentations at a session on HIV prevention strategies for sex workers, which took place at the 20th International AIDS Conference last month in Melbourne, showed that while consistent condom use is generally high among female sex workers, other barriers remain to effective prevention of HIV transmission and to care for those who are HIV positive.

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