RINGing the Bell for Choice: Actions and Solutions on Dapivirine Ring Access

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Hear the latest updates from African advocates leading the advocacy for access to the dapivirine ring. Plus tune in for the Population Council’s plans for moving the ring forward on multiple fronts, from roll-out of the monthly ring to research around the 3-month ring and multipurpose ring.

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Statement on the Dapivirine Ring for Women: Call for Accelerated Global Access

This statement, from a coalition of advocates, applauds the WHO for its ongoing support and its 2021 recommendation of the dapivirine vaginal ring as an additional prevention option for women. The advocates call on funders, country governments and community leaders to sustain their support for the ring’s introduction and rollout in African countries where it is needed and for prompt regulatory reviews. And they call on HIV programs to integrate the ring, and collaborate with communities on the design of those programs.

What Matters Right Now for Rolling Out the Ring and Injectable PrEP?

In this episode of PxPulse, host Jeanne Baron and AVAC’s Executive Director Mitchell Warren join Linda-Gail Bekker from South Africa’s Desmond Tutu Health Foundation and Lillian Mworeko from the International Community of Women Living with HIV East Africa (ICWEA) to discuss innovative models for scale-up and delivery that could ensure HIV prevention options fulfill their life-saving, epidemic-ending potential.

The Well Project

Founded in 2002, The Well Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women and girls. Their website is a global online resource of information, support and advocacy for women living with HIV and their allies.

Access their resources, additional information and strong partner network at thewellproject.org.

Breaking the cycle of transmission: A human-centered approach to increase adoption and sustained use of HIV prevention among high-risk adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in South Africa

Download findings from Breaking the Cycle of Transmission, a research effort to better understand AGYW decisions and behaviors related to HIV prevention; identify different segments to better tailor outreach; and how to reach each segment more effectively. The project uses user-centered research and human-centered design and piloting.

The HIV Prevention Market Manager (PMM), co-led by AVAC and CHAI and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leads the research in partnership with behavioral research firm Final Mile, user-centered design firm Upstream Innovation and market research group Ask AfriKa, with the Surgo Foundation providing strategic guidance.

Evaluating, Scaling up and Enhancing Strategies for Supporting PrEP Continuation and Effective Use

In June 2019, the Prevention Product Manager (PMM)—a joint partnership between AVAC and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)—and Jhpiego convened a think tank to consider how best to define and measure PrEP continuation. Its recommendations included modifying current PrEP indicators, recognizing that a single definition of correct or effective use might not be possible given fluctuating and variable HIV risk.

A second think tank was held in September 2020 with the theme Evaluating, Enhancing and Scaling up Strategies for Supporting PrEP Continuation and Effective Use. This think tank explored effective and promising strategies for helping people to stay on PrEP, strategies that can be scaled up across populations and locations.

Human-Centered Design and Prevention in the Real World

In this episode of Px Pulse, we hear from AVACer Anabel Gomez about the human-centered design project she’s leading with partners in South Africa to chart a path that will better support a journey to HIV prevention. We also hear from two members of the research team—Lesego Taule and Mpumi Mbethe—who helped lead these discussions in communities where HIV is epidemic. And a program implementer for HIV prevention in South Africa, Anthony Ambrose of NACOSA, tells us how this research can be applied to programs and how it changed the way he thinks about HIV risk.

End-User Research Landscape Mapping & Findings

The HIV Prevention Market Manager undertook an effort to map the landscape of ongoing and planned work on HIV prevention and adolescent girls and young women and other populations in sub-Saharan Africa. This document provides a summary and analysis of the end-user projects and studies underway in order to inform collaborations and identify gaps and next steps in research.

Programs but Not Yet Platforms: The peril and promise of women’s biomedical HIV prevention in 2016

The benefits of PrEP is winning over support from international bodies and an increasing number of national governments. PrEP introduction is advancing on several fronts, but all this momentum has yet to impact some of the people who need it most, in particular, adolescent girls and young women with high risk of acquiring HIV. Check out our up-close look at the issue from AVAC 2016’s Big Data, Real People.

After FACTS: What’s next for HIV prevention in women?

FACTS 001, which released data at CROI, found no evidence of protection overall associated with the vaginal gel. Partners Demonstration Project, which reported data at the same meeting, found that serodiscordant couples using oral PrEP and/or ART had very low levels of HIV transmission. In this webinar, we discussed what these and other data meant for women, including young and adolescent girls.