Tag Archives: HIV prevention

 

Vitamin D

Many people know that vitamin D is important for healthy bones, because it helps the body process calcium. However it also plays an important role in the immune system. Getting enough vitamin D can help prevent and fight HIV and other infections. Here’s how: Part of the way the body...
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Understanding PrEP and Truvada

A few weeks ago, both the World Health Organization and the US Food and Drug Administration announced that they were endorsing the use of Truvada, an ARV developed by Gilead, as the first PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for people at high risk of HIV. Which is leaving many [eople with questions...
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Phase 3 Trials Begin for HIV Prevention Ring

Two trials in Africa are currently recruiting participants for large scale efficacy trials of a way for women to prevent HIV infection. ASPIRE (A Study to Prevent Infection with a Ring for Extended Use) and The Ring Study are testing a vaginal ring with th ART dapivirine. Together the trials...
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HIV and Contraceptives

The World Health Organization recently released updated guidelines on the use of hormonal contraceptives for women with HIV and women whose sexual partners have HIV. These updated guidelines are a response to several studies which have found evidence that some hormonal contraceptives may increase a woman’s risk of being infected,...
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Free HIV Testing in US Pharmacies

The United States Center for Disease Control is starting a new program to provide free HIV testing through pharmacies across the country. The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 people in the US who are infected with HIV don’t know it. Symptoms of HIV and AIDS can take years to...
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