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27 August 2020

PrEP use does not worsen mental health outcomes, finds Amsterdam study

Dutch study finds no evidence to suggest PrEP use increases mental health issues – and may actually help reduce sexual compulsivity and drug-misuse.

12 August 2020

Peer-based clubs may offer valuable PrEP initiation support to adolescent girls and young women

An evaluation of peer support clubs in settings with high HIV and gender-based violence prevalence finds increased self-esteem and self-efficacy among participants.

31 July 2020

‘Significant step’ for HIV prevention as vaginal ring gets green light from the European Medicines Agency

Ring containing the antiretroviral drug dapivirine could be available in Africa as early as 2021 after it was found to reduce women’s HIV risk by 30 to 50%.

06 March 2020

PrEP could avert up to 8% of new infections by 2030

Modelling finds PrEP has the potential to avert between 3 and 8% of HIV infections in 13 African and Caribbean countries by 2030 if three key populations can access it

07 February 2020

PrEP during pregnancy: safety evidence ‘reassuring’ but gaps remain

Research on PrEP safety for pregnant women and their babies finds no adverse effects – but knowledge gaps remain.  

15 January 2020

Condom testing for anal sex finds very low failure rates

The largest-ever study examining the effectiveness of condoms for anal sex finds remarkably low levels of failure, and calls to label their use in this way.

09 January 2020

On demand PrEP effective for gay men having less frequent sex

Findings from France and Canada suggest it is safe to offer men who have sex with men a choice between daily and ‘on-demand’ PrEP if they are not having frequent sex.

05 November 2019

Topical PrEP gel can be successful in public sector clinics

Providing PrEP to women attending government-run family planning clinics could be a successful way to increase access and adherence to PrEP, a trial from South Africa suggests.

29 October 2019

Low self-esteem strongly associated with transaction sex

Young women with low self-esteem are five times more likely to engage in transactional sex than other young women, South African survey suggests.

11 October 2019

PrEP use among pregnant women in Kenya: no adverse effects found

A large PrEP programme for pregnant women in Kenya finds no association between PrEP use and birth complications