The all-in-one solution to sexual health is on its way

The Conversation, December 3, 2015 3.32pm AEDT

Enabling women to maintain good reproductive health requires innovative and improved prevention technologies. A revolutionary class of women’s sexual and reproductive health prevention products is being developed and may prove to be the linchpin to achieve the sustainable development goals that relate to women’s health.

Multipurpose Prevention Technologies, more commonly known as MPTs, are a new class of product in development. They deliver varying method combinations to simultaneously prevent HIV, sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies.

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Needle Exchange May Have Prevented More Than 100 New HIV Infections in Washington DC, Saving $44 Million

hivandhepatitis.com, 08 September 2015

A federal policy change allowing funding of syringe exchange programs in Washington, DC, averted 120 new HIV infections relative to the number that likely would have occurred had the funding ban remained in place, saving approximately $44 million, according to a mathematical modeling study published in the September 4 edition of AIDS and Behavior.

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Union resistance could stymie prison needle exchange program: researcher

Guardian, Monday 19 October 2015

A senior blood-borne diseases researcher, Associate Professor Mark Stoové, says Australia’s first prison needle and syringe program flagged for trial in an ACT jail is most likely doomed because of the influence of a union and its members.

Stoové criticised the Community and Public Sector Union’s resistance to a proposal by the ACT government to trial a needle and syringe program in the Alexander Maconochie Centre, a maximum security prison.

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HIV Programs for Sex Workers: Lessons & Challenges for Developing & Delivering Programs

PLOS Medicine, Published: June 16, 2015

There is evidence that HIV prevention programs for sex workers, especially female sex workers, are cost-effective in several contexts, including many western countries, Thailand, India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.

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“Studies of sources of new infections and HIV transmission dynamics suggest that sex work contributes only a small fraction of new HIV infections, and investment in HIV programs must reflect these wide epidemic gradations”

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  • Access entire issue on ‘Achieving HIV Impact with Sex Workers’  here

 

No waiting game: Immediate birth control implant post-partum is more cost-effective

Yale News, June 8, 2015

Women who have just given birth are often motivated to prevent a rapid, repeat pregnancy. For those who prefer a contraceptive implant, getting the procedure in the hospital immediately after giving birth is more cost-effective than delaying insertion to a 6-8 week postpartum visit, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers.

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HIV prevention saves over $250,000 over lifetime

Reuters, Wed Feb 25, 2015

Preventing the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in one person living in the U.S. saves more than $250,000 over their remaining lifetime, according to a new analysis.

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