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Drug injection protects monkeys from vaginal HIV infection

By Monte Morin

A monthly injection of an experimental anti-retroviral drug protected female monkeys from vaginal infection by a simian form HIV, according to two new studies.

The research, which was published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine, raises hopes for the development of a long-acting preexposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, drug that would guard against HIV infection during both anal and vaginal intercourse, according to scientists.

Senegal Releases Mid-Term Program Results


Mid-term results are now available for the Senegal Urban Health Initiative (l’Initiative Sénégalaise de Santé Urbaine [ISSU]). The mid-term survey was conducted in 2013, implemented by the Agency for the Promotion of Population Activities-Senegal (APAPS) with technical assistance from MLE.

Population Council Launches Phase 1 Clinical Trial of a Novel Microbicide Gel to Prevent HIV and Other STIs


The Population Council, in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), announced today the launch of a Phase 1 trial of PC-1005 vaginal gel, a novel multipurpose prevention technology (MPT). Thirty healthy, HIV-negative women will be enrolled in the trial to evaluate the safety, acceptability, and pharmacokinetic profile of PC-1005 gel.

The Gambia passes bill imposing life sentences for some homosexual acts

Associated Press in Ivory Coast,

Charge of 'aggravated homosexuality' for 'repeat offenders' and those with HIV worsens conditions in homophobic country

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