The results were less favorable than expected, but experts -- and women who participated in the trial -- would like to see this prevention tool approved for use.
The ECHO trial faces backlash and criticism.
Experts Flummoxed By Conflicting New Data on STIs, HIV, and Long-Term Contraception in Sub-Saharan Africa
ECHO trial results and follow-up studies find unexpectedly low rates of some STIs among users of certain long-term hormonal contraceptives. They also find high HIV rates (unrelated to the contraceptives) that suggest considerable value for PrEP integration.
"We don't need to spend another $140 million to find out how to retain people in care," activist David Barr writes. "We need to invest in the kinds of services people need so that they can use treatment easily and effectively."
Three studies conducted by the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in rural and urban sub-districts of the KwaZulu-Natal province provide new insights into the engine that drives HIV transmission in the country. They a...
The announcement of the approval of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention by South Africa's Medicines Control Council is a major step forward for the national and global responses to AIDS, and should spur other countries and global ...
Over the next three years, the South African National Department of Health plans to distribute 3 billion scented male condoms, 54 million female condoms and 60 million sachets of lubricant to 4,000 sites countrywide.
Cash Incentive Studies Show Value of School, Financial Support, But More Needed to Protect Young People From HIV
Two clinical trials evaluating the impact of cash incentives on HIV incidence in adolescents in South Africa found that such incentives had no impact on HIV rates, while one saw a decrease in rates of herpes simplex virus.
This article was reported by Healio.
Healio reported on research to determine whether a sexual risk reduction intervention program targeted to South African men may help promote safer sexual practices, since in South Africa HIV is transmitted mostly...
The partial efficacy (40 percent to 60 percent) of surgically conducted medical male circumcision (MMC) in preventing HIV transmission to circumcised men has been demonstrated in three clinical trials. "This research formed part of a larger study exp...