Here are some things going on in the news surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS
African Women Begin Testing of Vaginal Ring Intended to Kill HIV Virus (WashingtonPost.com) – The International Partnership for Microbicides is launching a new study to test the acceptability of a silicone ring similar to one used in contraceptive devices such as NuvaRing. The silicone ring releases dapivirine, an antiretroviral drug, over the course of a month after which it is replaced.
More Black Churches Take on AIDS Battle (ChicagoTribune.com) – As the AIDS epidemic continues to grow within the African-American community, more religious leaders are encouraging members to educate and protect themselves against HIV. Several Chicago ministers are part of a national coalition of about 50 preachers promoting legislation in Congress that would provide grants to public health agencies and faith-based organizations for testing and prevention, and develop programs specifically targeting black women, youth and gay men.
Female-to-Male HIV Transmission Risk Doubles During Pregnancy (BusinessWeek.com) – Men in a relationship with an HIV-positive woman face double the risk of becoming infected themselves when their partner is pregnant, according to new research presented by teams from the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, the University of Washington in Seattle.