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February 2012

PrEP Could Be “Game Changer” in fight against HIV, Says Report from The Fenway Institute

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Analysis examines biomedical prevention technology to be reviewed by U.S. Food and Drug Administration by June 15, 2012 Pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis (PrEP) —taking antiretroviral medications to prevent HIV transmission—could be a “game changer” for HIV prevention, according to an analysis released by The Fenway Institute today. PrEP has demonstrated partial efficacy with men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexuals in several recent studies. Recent modeling of PrEP implementation coupled with scaled up treatment predicts that PrEP could significantly reduce HIV incidence and prevalence. If PrEP is accompanied by sustained care, behavioral interventions, and safety monitoring, PrEP need not lead 
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Policy Focus: PrEP Could Be A “Game Changer” in Fight Against HIV

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Analysis examines biomedical prevention technology to be reviewed by U.S. Food and Drug Administration by June 15, 2012 Pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis (PrEP)—taking antiretroviral medications to prevent HIV transmission—could be a “game changer” for HIV prevention. PrEP has demonstrated partial efficacy with men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women, and heterosexuals in several recent studies. Recent modeling of PrEP implementation coupled with scaled up treatment predicts that PrEP could significantly reduce HIV incidence and prevalence. And if PrEP is accompanied by sustained care, behavioral interventions, and safety monitoring, PrEP need not lead to increased sexual risk behavior or drug resistance. 
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HIV and MSM Abroad: The Fenway Institute’s Work in Malawi

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In December of 2011, staff from The Fenway Institute collaborated with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Centre for the Development for People to train Health Care Workers and Peer Educators in Malawi on working with MSM and preventing HIV in this vulnerable population. Fenway Health’s Medical Director of Behavioral Health, Kevin Kapila, shares his experience. When I first learned about the possibility of conducting trainings for medical providers in Malawi, like many Americans I did not know much about this landlocked country in southeast Africa. I knew, like most gay men, that Madonna had adopted a child 
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HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects the black community, including black men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender individuals.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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February 7, 2012 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In its twelfth year, NBHAAD highlights the disproportionate impact HIV/AIDS has on the black community and four areas through which positive change can be achieved: education, testing, involvement, and treatment. This conversation is as vital today as it was on the first National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day over a decade ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV. In 2009, African Americans comprised 14% of the US population but accounted for 44% of all new HIV infections. An 
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