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Population Council to Present New Research on Key Populations at International AIDS Conference

Findings Will Highlight Risk Factors, Strategies to Improve Service Delivery for Men Who Have Sex with Men, People Who Inject Drugs, and Women

NEW YORK (15 July 2014) — The Population Council will present new research on HIV and key populations at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014) in Melbourne, Australia, 20–25 July 2014.

Oral presentations will focus on the HIV risk behaviors of men who have sex with men, the scale-up and sustainability of community-led HIV responses developed for key affected populations, and promoting gender equity among women. 

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New Review Documents What HIV Programs Work for Adolescent Girls

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — While all youth face vulnerability to HIV, adolescent girls face unique challenges in reducing their risk of acquiring HIV due to gender inequalities, but much HIV programming lacks a specific focus on girls and young women. Many of the countries with the highest HIV prevalence are experiencing a massive “youth bulge” in population, so even with decreasing HIV prevalence, the absolute number of young people living with HIV or at risk of acquiring HIV is estimated to grow in the next five years. Young women are especially vulnerable to HIV and have HIV infection rates nearly twice as high as those for young men. At the end of 2012, approximately two-thirds of new HIV infections in adolescents aged 15–19 years were among girls. An AIDS-free generation is not possible without addressing the specific needs of adolescents—especially girls—that put them at risk for HIV acquisition.

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New Study from Population and Development Review Finds Flaws in Mortality Projections in Low-Mortality Countries; Pension and Health Costs May Be Higher than Estimated

"Trends in Causes of Death in Low-Mortality Countries: Implications for Mortality Projections," by John Bongaarts

NEW YORK (30 June 2014) — A new study by demographer John Bongaarts, Population Council Vice President and Distinguished Scholar, has found that mortality projections from most low-mortality countries are more pessimistic than they should be. The reason for this flaw is that existing projections fail to recognize that fewer people smoke today than used to. As a result, there will be a future decline in smoking-related mortality. This suggests that with more people living longer, pension and health care costs in coming decades will likely be higher than previously estimated.

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Global Family Planning, Climate, and Investment Experts Join Population Council Board of Trustees

NEW YORK (25 June 2014) — The Population Council announces the appointment of three new board members: Marc Saiontz, managing director at American Securities; Theo Spencer, senior advocate in the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Amy Ong Tsui, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and senior scholar at the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

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Studies in Family Planning Publishes Special Issue on Unmet Need

June Issue Explores Challenges in Addressing Unmet Need for Contraception, Featuring Research and Case Studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America

NEW YORK (16 June 2014) — Studies in Family Planning, a leading journal published by the Population Council, released “Unmet Need for Family Planning”—a special issue featuring ten articles, including a comprehensive introduction to the topic of unmet need. Distinguished researchers explore trends related to unmet need for contraception, and many articles point to practical strategies for increasing contraceptive knowledge and uptake, and for overcoming barriers that prevent women from practicing contraception.

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New Population Council Research Presented at 13th European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health Annual Congress

Highlights Include Studies on Male Contraception, an Investigational One-Year Contraceptive Vaginal Ring, and Approaches to Green Contraception

LISBON, PORTUGAL (31 May 2014) — This week, the Population Council presented new research at the 13th Congress of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health. Presentations included a pharmacokinetic analysis of the Council’s investigational one-year contraceptive vaginal ring containing Nestorone® and ethinyl estradiol, and its investigational male contraceptive implant MENT®, as well as new approaches to “green contraception,” including strategies to ensure that future contraceptive technologies are both effective and protect the environment. 

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Population Council to Present More Than 25 Studies at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America

Research Highlights the Impact of Safe Spaces Initiatives for Improving Girls’ Lives, Strategies for Expanding Access to Family Planning, and a Look at Mortality Projections

NEW YORK (30 April 2014) — The Population Council, an international organization that conducts research to address critical health and development issues, will present findings from more than 25 studies at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America in Boston, MA (1–3 May 2014).

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Animal Study Provides First Evidence that Gel Can Prevent Multiple Virus Transmission in Both Vagina and Rectum

NEW YORK (17 April 2014) — Population Council scientists and their partners have found that their proprietary microbicide gel is safe, stable, and can prevent the transmission of multiple sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in both the vagina and rectum in animals: HIV, herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), and human papillomavirus (HPV). The USAID-funded study also provides the first data that the gel is effective against multiple strains of HIV, and has a window of efficacy in the vagina against all three viruses of at least eight hours prior to exposure. A Phase 1 safety trial of the gel is set to begin enrollment in May 2014.

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New Study from Population and Development Review Finds That Indian Women with More Resources than Their Husbands Face Heightened Risk of Violence

"Women's and Men's Relative Status and Intimate Partner Violence in India," by Abigail Weitzman

NEW YORK (25 March 2014) — A new study has found that women in India who have more education than their husbands, who earn more, or who are the sole earners in their families have a higher likelihood of experiencing frequent and severe intimate partner violence (IPV) than women who are not employed or who are less educated than their spouse. The article is included in the latest issue of Population and Development Review, a journal published by the Population Council.

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Voluntary, Human Rights-Based Family Planning: A Conceptual Framework

New Article in Studies in Family Planning by Karen Hardee, Jan Kumar, Karen Newman, Lynn Bakamjian, Shannon Harris, Mariela Rodríguez, and Win Brown

NEW YORK (21 March 2014) — Leaders from diverse organizations in the family planning field published a conceptual framework encouraging voluntary family planning programs to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights.

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