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WHO Recommends Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for Men Who Have Sex with Men

Gay and bisexual men who are at risk for HIV infection should consider using antiretroviral drugs for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), according to new guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), part of a set of recommendations for key populations affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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HIV and Hepatitis C Risk Factors and Prevention Among People Who Inject Drugs

More than half of young injection drug users in the U.S. shared syringes previously used by others and a large majority reported unprotected sex, according to the latest data on people who inject drugs from the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, published in the July 4 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summaries. The survey found that 9% had HIV and 41% had hepatitis C.

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Health and Human Rights Advocates Call for Repeal of Syringe Funding Ban

More than 140 organizations involved in HIV and viral hepatitis advocacy, public health, harm reduction, and human rights sent an open letter last week calling on legislators to lift the federal ban on funding for needle and syringe exchange programs intended to curb the transmission of blood-borne diseases among people who inject drugs.

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Dapivirine Vaginal Ring Study Fully Enrolled, New Technology Shows Promise

The Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) announced last week that the Phase 3 ASPIRE trial, testing a vaginal ring containing the NNRTI dapivirine for preventing sexual transmission of HIV, has completed enrollment with more than 2600 women. In related news, researchers reported promising findings from a study of a novel "pod" technology for delivering multiple drugs for HIV prevention in a vagina ring.

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Atlanta Principles Call for Stepped Up HIV Prevention, Focus on Vulnerable Groups

ACT UP, the Treatment Action Group (TAG), and local advocates this week launched the Atlanta Principles, calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase HIV prevention efforts -- including antiretroviral treatment-as-prevention and pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis -- to lower HIV incidence rates that have remained stable overall for several years and actually risen for heavily affected groups such as young black gay men and transgender women.

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