In a study of open-label Truvada as daily pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV among 427 young African women and adolescent girls, 95% initiated the HIV prevention strategy, and most used PrEP for the first three months. However, PrEP use fell among participants in this critical population during a year of follow-up clinic visits, although HIV incidence at 12 months was low. The preliminary results suggest that tailored, evidence-based adherence support strategies may be needed to durably engage young African women in consistent PrEP use.
BBC Media Action: Community Engagement and Sexuality Education in Conservative Contexts: The Case of Pakistan
By Dr Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli and Marina Plesons
How can community engagement be used to promote young people’s sexual and reproductive health in conservative countries? Two education programs in Pakistan offer some answers.
Professor Ali Mokdad of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation authored this opinion piece on the lack of data on adolescent health, and how this prevents our abilities to improve health among this vulnerable population.
The University of Washington is one of 56 DREAMS Innovation Challenge winners* announced on Monday by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen), one of the Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson; and ViiV Healthcare.