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HPTN researchers: Don’t forget family planning in HIV prevention

“Unless family planning is increased in Africa, eliminating mother-to-child transmission will not be met,” FHI 360 President Emeritus Ward Cates said.

20 May 2013
Science Speaks
Pope Francis' View on Contraception Could Impact AIDS Work

Catholic organizations around the world are still digesting how the selection of Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, now Pope Francis , might impact their work, and that includes disease-prevention efforts.

15 March 2013
ABC News
Contraceptive injections and HIV infection risk – a public health conundrum

The concerns about a possible increase in risk of HIV acquisition with some hormonal contraceptive methods need to be understood in the context of the

10 March 2013
Roger Pebody
Marge Berer on Depo-Provera and informed choice

From one perspective, a method that a woman need only renew once every three months was a gift. One injection four times a year and no fear of unwanted pregnancy. But the potential for abuse of this method was obvious from the beginning, and abuse there was, from paternalistic family planning providers.

20 February 2013
BMJ Group blogs
Young people know less about HIV and are less trustful of condoms, French survey finds

The first survey for six years of attitudes to HIV and sexual risk behaviour among the general public in France has found that young people are less

10 January 2013
Gus Cairns
Combined oral contraception has less effect on nevirapine than efavirenz levels

HIV therapy based on efavirenz may less suitable for women taking combined oral contraception due to greater reductions in efavirenz levels and a higher frequency

21 December 2012
Michael Carter
Bill to Expand Birth Control Is Approved in Philippines

After a ferocious national debate that pitted family members against one another, and some faithful Catholics against their church, the Philippine Congress passed legislation on Monday to help the country’s poorest women gain access to birth control.

19 December 2012
New York Times
Electrically spun fabric offers dual defense against pregnancy, HIV

A University of Washington team has developed a versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV. Electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers can dissolve to release drugs, providing a platform for cheap, discrete and reversible protection.

10 December 2012
University of Washington press release
The latest word on hormonal contraception and HIV

In early 2012, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced it could not conclusively determine whether hormonal contraceptive injections increased the risk of HIV transmission. Almost a year later, WHO is still struggling to communicate clear guidance for women using injectable contraceptives, who are largely in the dark about these concerns, say activists, even as scientists are developing a clinical trial that could finally offer answers.

06 December 2012
IRIN Plus News
Condom Use Drops When Young Women Use Hormonal Contraceptives

Young women who start using hormonal contraceptives for birth control often stop using condoms, but a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that if they later discontinue using hormonal contraceptives, they tend not to resume using condoms. This leaves them open to both unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

25 October 2012
Science Daily

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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