Category Archives: behavioral research

  1. Download Your Rectal Road Map to AIDS 2012

    The AIDS 2012 Rectal Road Map put together by IRMA is a quick guide to rectal microbicide-related research and advocacy content + other selected sessions of interest at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. It’s a big conference – you don’t want to get lost, or miss any of these really great sessions! IRMA’s Rectal Road Read More >>

    AIDS 2012, anal health, anal sex, behavioral research, IRMA, new prevention technologies, presentation, rectal microbicide, research
  2. Rectal microbicides become a high priority in the fight against HIV in Africa

    IRMA launches African-inspired, African-led initiative that says ‘yes’ to rectal microbicides SYDNEY – Today IRMA (International Rectal Microbicide Advocates) will officially release “On the Map: Ensuring Africa’s Place in Rectal Microbicide Research and Advocacy” at a special evening reception at the international Microbicides 2012 conference at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center. The report can be found here. A cornerstone Read More >>

    advocacy, Africa, behavioral research, IRMA, Project ARM, rectal microbicide
  3. Acceptability of coitally-associated versus daily use of 1% tenofovir vaginal gel among women in Pune, India

    via International Health, by Sanjay Mehendale, Swapna Deshpande, Rewa Kohli, Sharon Tsui, Elizabeth Tolley Abstract This study reports on the acceptability of 1% tenofovir microbicide gel among participants randomised to the coitally-associated use (n=50) or daily use (n=50) arms of a Phase II clinical trial in Pune, India. In a 6-month follow-up study, information on behavioural domains Read More >>

    behavioral research, India, Microbicides, Tenofovir, vaginal microbicide, women
  4. Has anal sex gone out of vogue? What does this mean for HIV prevention?

    via the HIV MSM blog So the Advocate recently reported the findings of a large-scale survey on sexual behaviors.  Apparently, only 37.2% of over 24,000 gay and bisexually identified men indicated that their last sexual encounter consisted of anal sex.   The most practiced activities were kissing (almost 75%) and mutual masturbation (73%). The survey, entitled  ‘The Gay Read More >>

    anal sex, behavioral research, gay men, male sexuality, oral sex, sexual behavior, United States
  5. Sexual Pleasure is Key for Successful Microbicides

    via WeNews, by Amy Littlefield Participants in Kate Morrow’s [IRMA Steering Committee Member] recent study may not have felt like they were fighting the global HIV epidemic. In fact, what they were literally feeling were gels of various consistencies inside their vaginas. The women in Morrow’s Project LINK answered questions after handling the gels, inserting them vaginally, Read More >>

    behavioral research, empowerment, Kate Morrow, Microbicides, sexual behavior, sexual pleasure, United States, vaginal microbicide, women
  6. Study – Addressing Social Drivers of HIV/AIDS for the Long-Term Response: Conceptual and methodological Considerations

    Via MSMGF. A key component of the shift from an emergency to a long-term response to AIDS is a change in focus from HIV prevention interventions focused on individuals to a comprehensive strategy in which social/structural approaches are core elements. Such approaches aim to modify social conditions by addressing key drivers of HIV vulnerability that affect the Read More >>

    behavioral research, HIV, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, prevention, sexual behavior, social conditions, study
  7. Risk factors for HIV vary between African cities, need tailored responses

    Via AIDSMap, by Carole Leach-Lemens. A comparative study in three large cities in southern Africa has found big differences in risk factors for acquisition of HIV infection, emphasising the importance of locally tailored HIV prevention strategies and up-to-date information on local risk factors. The study looked at behavioural risk factors associated with acquiring HIV infection in 5000 Read More >>

    Africa, behavioral research, Durban, Harare, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, Infections, Johannesburg, sexual behavior, South Africa, sub-saharan Africa, Zimbabwe
  8. NYT: For a Sex Survey, Privacy Goes a Long Way

    via New York Times, by Nicholas Bakalar It is not easy to ask people about their sex lives, and getting honest answers may be even harder. But there are ways to do it. One good method is to have a computer ask the questions, while the interviewee listens through earphones and enters the answers on the screen Read More >>

    behavioral research, sexual behavior
  9. Belief in AIDS origin conspiracy theory and willingness to participate in biomedical research studies: findings in whites, blacks, and Hispanics

    HIV Clin Trials. 2011 Jan-Feb;12(1):37-47. Belief in AIDS origin conspiracy theory and willingness to participate in biomedical research studies: findings in whites, blacks, and Hispanics in seven cities across two surveys. Russell SL, Katz RV, Wang MQ, Lee R, Green BL, Kressin NR, Claudio C. Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, New York University, New York, NY, Read More >>

    AIDS conspiracy, behavioral research, research
  10. 2011 Spending Deal Spares NIH Major Cuts

    via ScienceInsider Just as White House officials promised over the weekend, the 2011 funding bill agreed to by Congress and the White House last Friday spares biomedical research from major cuts. Details released today indicate that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would receive $30.7 billion, or $260 million below the 2010 level. The 0.8% cut includes Read More >>

    behavioral research, funding, NIH, research, United States