The cost-effectiveness of multi-purpose HIV and pregnancy prevention technologies in South Africa

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A number of antiretroviral HIV prevention products are efficacious in preventing HIV infection. However, the sexual and reproductive health needs of many women extend beyond HIV prevention, and research is ongoing to develop multi-purpose prevention technologies (MPTs) that offer dual HIV and pregnancy protection. We do not yet know if these products will be an efficient use of constrained health resources. 

Understanding the Relationship Between Female Sex Workers and Their Intimate Partners: Lessons and Initial Findings From Participatory Research in North Karnataka, South India

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While traditional HIV prevention programs with female sex workers (FSWs) in Karnataka, India, have focused on reducing HIV transmission between FSWs and clients through increased condom use, these programs have not fully addressed the transmission risk between FSWs and their non-paying intimate partners (IPs). Condom use is infrequent and violence is recurrent in these relationships and there is little evidence on the precise nature of FSW–IP relationships.

STRIVE participate in expert meeting on HIV prevention methods relevant to African adolescent girls and young women

The meeting sought to evolve the research agenda related to the promotion, adoption and use of health products and technologies among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in South Africa. Hosted by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) on 12 March 2018, it brought together funders, programme implementers, researchers and representatives from a South African market research agency.

MRC grant awarded to project investigating Ugandan women’s increased vulnerability to HIV as a result of genital inflammation

The three-year study, led by Tara Beattie at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, will explore the physical causes of genital inflammation and investigate which behaviours put women at risk. Genital inflammation strongly increases the risk of HIV infection, as HIV infects activated immune cells. This project will investigate if structural factors (violence and alcohol use) increase risk of genital inflammation through a mental health/immunological pathway.  

Women and girls and HIV

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On International Women's Day 2018, UNAIDS published a report detailing data and analysis of the ways in which women continue to bear the brunt of the HIV epidemic.

The opening statement, written by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, recognises the contribution of activists and organizations working for gender equality and women's empowerment across the world and makes a call to action to work collectively:

Using social norms theory for health promotion in low-income countries

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Social norms can greatly influence people’s health-related choices and behaviours. In the last few years, scholars and practitioners working in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have increasingly been trying to harness the influence of social norms to improve people’s health globally.

STRIVE for the SDGs - Lori Heise and Katherine Fritz

How can STRIVE’s conceptual approach to understanding and intervening on structural drivers of HIV be used to formulate strategies for achieving the SDGs? 

This Learning Lab:

Results from the Samata Trial: An intervention to reduce child marriage and increase secondary school completion among adolescent girls in south India

Join us for a free webinar on Tuesday 17 April, 11am BST.

Join us for a free webinar on Tuesday 17 April, 11am BST.

Structural factors and the HIV prevention and treatment cascades: where are we? - Sinead Delany-Moretlwe and James Hargreaves

There remains an unmet need for HIV prevention, particularly among key populations including adolescent girls and young women in Africa. The treatment cascade framework, and its associated 90:90:90 targets, has galvanised action to expand testing and treatment for prevention. The prevention cascade framework hopes to do the same for primary prevention, mapping the steps needed to achieve high coverage of efficacious prevention tools. Both frameworks illustrate how ART-based HIV prevention offers real promise for reducing HIV incidence at a population level. However, challenges remain.

International Women's Day: Women, HIV and PrEP

On International Women's Day, the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health published an interview with STRIVE Co-Research Director, Mitzy Gafos, about HIV amongst women and the challenges they face adhering to PrEP. 

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