IRMA Blog

  1. Now Playing – The Rectal Revolution is Here

    — Now Playing —   “The Rectal Revolution is Here: An introduction to rectal microbicide clinical trials” on YouTube. The vid, developed by IRMA, Microbicide Trials Network, and Population Council, is available in English,  Spanish and Thai languages. Watch to learn about the need for rectal microbicides, how clinical trials work, and the importance of volunteers in the Read More >>

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  2. Global Call to Action: Demand Answers on Lubricant Safety (Have You Endorsed Yet?)

    Have you or your organization endorsed the Global Call to Action Demanding Answers on Lubricant Safety? Since Valentine’s Day, 140 organizations and 293 individuals in nearly fifty countries have endorsed the call to action – and numbers continue to grow! Please add your name if you haven’t already. Full lists of endorsers is below. Background: Recent studies Read More >>

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  3. VOICE Lesson: It’s Unfair to be Non-Adherent

    This post by IRMA’s Jim Pickett first appeared on the blog of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance. The VOICE results are extremely important to the field of new prevention technology research. I hope current/future/much-needed discussions about VOICE don’t get drowned out by the HYPE (yes, all caps HYPE) surrounding the “baby cure” story which has dominated coverage out Read More >>

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  4. IRMA Statement on VOICE Results

    [Click here for the VOICE press release – “Daily HIV Prevention Approaches Didn’t Work for African Women in the VOICE Study” – from the Microbcide Trials Network] IRMA, like the rest of new prevention technology researchers and advocates, is disappointed to learn that daily oral Truvada was not found to be an effective HIV intervention among the African women at Read More >>

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  5. 263 Organizations and Individuals Have Endorsed the Call to Action on Lube Safety – HAVE YOU SIGNED ON?

    Since we launched the Call to Action on Lubricant Safety on Valentine’s Day, we have collected 84 organizational endorsements and 179 individual endorsements from every corner of the globe. Thank you to ALL who have endorsed so far. The list of organizational endorsers is provided below. Is your organization on the list? If you haven’t endorsed yet – now Read More >>

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  6. IRIN PlusNews: Lack of lube hurts HIV prevention

    via IRIN PlusNews “Key populations – such as MSM and sex workers – who need the lubricant the most, often get their health-related services from local NGOs, which are not often included in [HIV/AIDS] policies or broader [health] programmes,” explained Bidia Deperthes, a senior HIV adviser with UNFPA’s Comprehensive Condom Programming division in New York. KATHMANDU, 21 February Read More >>

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  7. Just Call Me Dylan

    by Mike PetersIRMA Intern  Recently on the highly-active IRMA listserv we discussed the issue of “gay shame” and the increased depression, substance abuse, and suicidal tendencies that go along with that notion.  The original posting had to do with a sense of internalized homophobia within the gay community.  While members of our listserv debated the accuracy of Read More >>

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  8. IRMA Issues Global Call to Action: We Demand Answers on Lubricant Safety

    More than 30 years into the HIV pandemic, we don’t know whether sexual lubricants increase, decrease or have no impact on the risk of acquiring HIV and other STIs. This is unacceptable. We demand answers on lubricant safety. We demand a Lubricant Safety Research Agenda.   Please join us. Click here to endorse this global Call to Action Read More >>

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  9. VIDEO: POZ on Location Captures 4 HOT Minutes on Rectal Microbicide Research

    “The Bottom Line on Rectal Microbicide Research” was presented by IRMA’s Jim Pickett at Gay Men’s Health Crisis in NYC on January 23, 2013. POZ Magazine recorded the proceedings and produced this 4-minute highlight video, below. Check it out! Click here to download Jim’s presentation slides. “The Rectal Revolution is Here” was screened as well. You can watch the 14-minute video Read More >>

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  10. Anal Sex at Christmas Eve Dinner

    by Mike PetersIRMA intern Another Christmas season has come and gone and like most Americans, the season ended for me with a gym membership (that I will admittedly abandon before the end of January) and reflection on the often-awkward gathering of family members that Christmas-time usually drops at our feet. Christmas-time was a busy season for us Read More >>

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