The Dapivirine Ring – What’s the Story? Learning Lab, 15 June 2016

07 June 2016
Michelle Moore

Join us for this free webinar on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 2pm BST.

A joint STRIVE and AVAC webinar.

For the first time, two large-scale studies have confirmed modest efficacy for a microbicide to prevent HIV. The vaginal ring is made of a flexible silicone material infused with dapivirine, a potent ARV that works by preventing the virus from making copies of itself. The ring enables the drug to be released slowly over time, directly to the site of potential infection, with low absorption elsewhere and is designed to be worn for up to three months at a time.

This webinar will ask:

  • Why were the ring results greeted with disappointment by some and joy by others?
  • What plans are there to introduce the ring into prevention programmes and how will it sit within the roll-out of PrEP?
  • What role can/should such biomedical tools play within the overall response to HIV?


Rebekah Webb is a HIV prevention research advocate based in the UK. She has been a campaigner for new prevention options for women since 2002 and was the European Coordinator for the Global Campaign for Microbicides until she began freelancing. Rebekah now works regularly with AVAC, the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) and STOPAIDS to advance political commitment to HIV prevention efforts in Europe.

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9:00am Washington DC

2:00pm London

3:00pm Geneva

3:00pm Johannesburg

4:00pm Kampala/Mwanza

6:30pm New Delhi/Bangalore


To join the webinar, you must call in AND join online to hear audio and view the slides.

1. Register online now. You will then receive an email giving you the access code and toll-free numbers to dial.

2. Log in to Ready Talk as a participant online, shortly before the presentation begins, so you can see the slides. Use access code 9272774.

3. Dial in to Ready Talk on your telephone, shortly before the presentation begins, so you can hear the presenter speaking. Use access code 9272774.

If your country does not have a toll-free number, you can dial in for free using Skype with the US number 866-740-1260.

Please send enquiries to Michelle [dot] Moore [at] LSHTM [dot] ac [dot] uk by Friday 10 June 2016.

Image: Jacquelyne Alesi, of the Ugandan Network of Young People Living with HIV, during a civil society workshop about the dapivirine ring results, March 2016, Kampala. Image credit: Kay Marshall