Category Archives: M2010

  1. IRMA — They just rock the rump

     A sweet little ditty for ole IRMA Anne Davis (pictured at right), featured as a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate in 2008, felt IRMA deserved a gift at the Microbicides 2010 conference, a ditty to capture our collective intentions, hope and energy. A sound studio, Imagine Audio Media which she’s worked with for years kindly produced the music Read More >>

    advocacy, M2010, Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate
  2. African Women Begin Test of Vaginal Ring Intended to Kill HIV Virus

    via Washington Post by David Brown The first test of a long-acting vaginal ring loaded with an HIV-preventing drug has begun enrolling women in southern Africa. The new study is the 15th undertaken by the International Partnership for Microbicides, a nonprofit group in Silver Spring that has helped lead the search for a discreet, woman-controlled means of Read More >>

    HIV transmission, M2010, vaginal microbicide
  3. Even More, More, More Microbicides 2010 Pics a la IRMA

    Above pic a collage – courtesy of Katie West from the Global Campaign for Microbicides – documenting some of the activities at the Advocates Corner’. Click here for more pics a la IRMA. Or you can watch the slide show on the left hand side of this blog.

    advocacy, IRMA, M2010, Microbicides 2010
  4. Six existing drug classes now being tested as microbicides

    via Aidsmap, by Gus Cairns “Rectal cells are more easily infected by HIV, a microbicide can make the most obvious difference to their vulnerability; it offers the most protection to the most easily-infected tissue cells, but makes less difference to less easily-infected tissue.” A number of presentations at the 2010 International Microbicides Conference in Pittsburgh concerned microbicide Read More >>

    HIV transmission, M2010, Microbicides 2010, Microbicides Development Programme, rectal microbicide, rectal transmission
  5. Treatment and PrEP could be on a ‘collision course’, warns resistance expert

    via Aidsmap, by Gus Cairns I’ve explained the importance of resistance at major think-tanks and people just don’t get it. The world needs to prepare for a resurgence of HIV drug resistance if pre-exposure prophylaxis is widely adopted, a veteran HIV researcher warned the Microbicides 2010 Conference last week. Dr John Mellors of the University of Pittsburgh Read More >>

    HIV transmission, M2010, new prevention technologies, PrEP, resistance
  6. Microbicides: the quest for user-friendly formulations

    via Aidsmap, by Gus Cairns “Finally, a team have developed a vaginal microbicide as a film smaller than a stick of gum and as thin as a sheet of paper.” A large number of presentations at the Microbicides 2010 Conference in Pittsburgh documented the development of microbicides very different from gels or creams. Vaginal rings, quick-dissolve pills Read More >>

    anal health, anus, M2010, Microbicides 2010, Pittsburgh, rectal microbicide, safer sex, sexual behavior, sexual health, vaginal microbicide
  7. [MORE LUBE] Understanding New Research on Lubricant Use During Anal Intercourse

    [another great article regarding the lubricant data that came out of Microbicides 2010] via About.com’s Sexuality Blog, by Cory Silverberg Two studies about the safety of lubricant use during anal intercourse were presented last week at the 2010 International Microbicides Conference in Pittsburgh. The data from the studies has yet to be published, but there have already Read More >>

    anal sex, lubricant, M2010, rectal microbicide
  8. Does Africa Need a Rectal Microbicide? The answer – YES!

    A rectal microbicide as a new HIV prevention technology is urgently needed in Africa for the large number of people practicing anal sex. Current HIV prevention efforts are unable to contain or reduce the spread of HIV infection through anal sex. One of the highlights of Microbicides 2010 was the presentation Does Africa need a rectal microbicide?  Read More >>

    Africa, anal sex, criminalization, gay men, heterosexual epidemic, human rights, LGBT rights, M2010, MSM, new prevention technologies, rectal microbicide, Salim S. Abdool Karim, stigma
  9. The whirlwind of anal lubricant news – let’s get a grip!

    There has been a TON of press in the last day stemming from the Microbicides 2010 conference regarding two new studies on the safety of lubricants used for anal sex. Below is IRMA’s press release, an audio recording of the press conference where this information was presented to the media, and a number of good, non-hyperbolic stories. Read More >>

    anal sex, behavioral research, IRMA, lubricant, M2010, rectal microbicide, research, safety
  10. IRMA oughta be in pictures – Microbicides 2010 paparazzi

    Check out more pics on our Flickr page Microbicides 2010 a la IRMA – including lots from the wonderful launch party of our new report – From Promise to Product: Advancing Rectal Microbicide Research and Advocacy.

    IRMA, M2010, Pittsburgh