Latest by Martha Kempner

'Female Condom' Gets a Genderless Rebrand From FDA

After years of pressure from prevention advocates, FDA has finally given the other rubber a new name - the internal condom – and a new classification.

By Martha Kempner

More Than 30 Years Later, the UK Government Opens Inquiry Into Blood Contaminated With HIV and Hepatitis C

On Sept. 24, the first widespread inquiry into how thousands of people in the United Kingdom received contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s began with a preliminary hearing and a commemoration event dedicated to the victims.

By Martha Kempner

HIV's Largely Ignored Relative, HTLV-1, Has Prevalence Rates of Up to 40% in Some Remote Areas

In the almost four decades since the discovery of HTLV-1, it has not spread nearly as far nor gotten nearly as much attention as its viral cousin, HIV, but prevalence is extraordinarily high in certain remote communities around the globe.

By Martha Kempner

HIV Treatment May Be Behind Rising Syphilis Rates Among Gay Men

HIV-positive individuals on antiretroviral therapy, as well as HIV-negative individuals on pre-exposure prophylaxis, may be at higher risk of contracting syphilis, according to a recent study.

By Martha Kempner

Why HIV Vaccines May Be Failing

Two recent, large-scale clinical trials on vaccines found higher SIV acquisition in monkeys who were vaccinated compared to those who had received the placebo. This "backfire effect" may be because increasing the number of immune cells also increases...

By Martha Kempner