HIV/STD Prevention and Treatment Research Update To Highlight Medical Advances On November 17

30 years after the start of the AIDS epidemic, the medical research community has made great strides in improving prevention and treatment methods – and that work continues today. On November 17, Fenway Health is proud to host an HIV/STD Prevention and Treatment Research Update. This event, which occurs at least once a year, brings together some of the leading HIV/AIDS and STD authorities to share new exciting breakthroughs and research findings with the community, as well as to outline where HIV/STD prevention and treatment is headed next.

During the evening, experts in the fields of HIV and STD research will cover important information on the latest developments in HIV treatment and prevention research, as well as HPV and herpes vaccine research. Speakers will include:

  • Douglas Kwon, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Principal Investigator at the MGH Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
  • Kenneth Mayer, Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute
  • Lori Panther, Associate Medical Director for Clinical Research, The Fenway Institute, Clinical Director of the Infectious Diseases Dysplasia Clinic, BIDMC

According to Dr. Mayer, the discussion will include updates on the use of antiretroviral medication for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), topical microbicides, gels and rings, as well as HIV vaccines.

“I will also discuss the rationale for studying another approach – giving people antibodies that are pre-formed,” Dr. Mayer said. “At the recent HIV Research for Prevention Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, each approach was discussed, and I will be sharing highlights from that meeting.”

The HIV/STD Prevention and Treatment Research Update will be held November 17 at Fenway Health’s Ansin Building, on the 10th floor, at 1340 Boylston Street. It will run from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM and light refreshments will be served.

Questions about this event may be directed to Benjamin Perkins, Associate Director for Community Engagement at the Fenway Institute, at

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