Articles tagged with: prevention

Jul22

FROM THE PIPELINE | Fast track to an MPT: Development of a dual-purpose pill containing oral PrEP and an oral contraceptive

Monday, 22 July 2019 Written by // Barbara Friedland Series // From the Pipeline Tags // contraceptive, dual-purpose, pill, Population Council, prevention, women

Imagine if women could take one pill every day and be protected from unintended pregnancy AND HIV? 

And what if this pill was available within several years? 

We believe the fastest route to a contraceptive MPT is to combine two products that are ALREADY ON THE MARKET into a single pill.

A dual-purpose pill has the potential to play an important role in helping women protect themselves against both unintended pregnancy and HIV infection.

The Population Council is working with partners to fast-track development of dual- purpose pill

Jun20

MEET THE SECRETARIAT STAFF | Laura Dellplain, Project Manager

Thursday, 20 June 2019 Written by // Laura Dellplain Series // Meet the Secretariat Staff Tags // development, HIV, prevention

As an HIV tester and counselor during my university days and beyond, I learned very quickly that most people have more pressing issues to deal with in their lives than HIV prevention. At at Oberlin College, I often saw clients shortly after an unprotected sexual encounter. For most, condom use to protect against HIV and other STIs had to be negotiated alongside myriad influential experiences and other barriers – including insecurity around the sexual relationship, fear around the sexual encounter, school stress, mental illness, and financial hardship, just to name a few. The very fact that these clients had proactively sought out an HIV test, demonstrated to me that they were both aware of and concerned about HIV risk, but that the prevention methods available to them just did not meet their needs or circumstances.

Mar26

MEET THE SECRETARIAT STAFF | Bethany Young Holt, IMPT Director

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 Written by // Bethany Young Holt Series // Meet the Secretariat Staff Tags // health, prevention, women

The Initiative for MPTs (IMPT) is dedicated to advancing the comprehensive sexual and reproductive health of women and girls worldwide. The Secretariat staff, who manage this global learning network, comprise a group of women who have worked a combined eight decades in the women’s health and sexual and reproductive health fields. From working with underserved women in Mauritania and the Ivory Coast as Peace Corps volunteers, to HIV testing and counseling in Baltimore, to community organizing in San Francisco and Sacramento, to conducting ethnographic research in Newfoundland, to coordinating HIV prevention clinical trials in Cape Town, our team’s diverse experiences and skills have contributed to the strategic advancement of the MPT field.

Dec01

IMPT Advisory Council: Pioneers for an HIV-free world and more

Saturday, 01 December 2018 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // advisory council, HIV, prevention, product choices, women, World AIDS Day

Every four minutes, three young women will become infected with HIV—that’s close to 900,000 new infections a year. While HIV prevention research and drug development have progressed rapidly, there is still work to be done. This World AIDS Day, we reflect on our work to advance MPTs by asking the IMPT Advisory Council for their perspective on the role of MPTs in the fight to end the HIV epidemic.

Oct16

Young people are leading the charge of the HIV prevention movement

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 Written by // Erin McKelle Tags // HIV, prevention, young people, youth

HIV prevention has come to the forefront of youth activism and public health advocacy, as young people aged 15-24 account for 35% of new HIV infections worldwide. In fact, as we work to curb the HIV epidemic, they are the only age group to experience a recent increase in HIV infections. Young people are disproportionately impacted by HIV and face unique challenges in protecting their sexual health as they navigate complex biological and social transitions into adulthood. In that spirit, the FDA recently approved PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) for adolescents, which has huge implications for empowering young people to prevent HIV exposure or transmission.

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