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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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Population Council Awarded Cooperative Agreement by USAID to Develop Non-Antiretroviral Microbicides to Prevent HIV

NEW YORK (6 January 2014) — The Population Council today announced it was awarded a cooperative agreement from the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of HIV and AIDS: "Non-ARV Based Combination Microbicide that Blocks HIV and Other STIs." The agreement, made possible by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), supports the development of safe, effective, and acceptable non-antiretroviral (ARV) microbicides for the prevention of HIV and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), such as herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). The five-year, $20-million initiative will also identify regulatory pathways to advance the Council’s non-ARV microbicides into clinical testing.

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Long-Acting Reversible Contraception in the Context of Full Access, Full Choice

2013 Statement from the Bellagio Group on LARCs

NEW YORK (18 December 2013) — In November 2013 at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Population Council convened the third meeting of international experts to discuss ways to expand contraceptive choice and accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goal of universal access to reproductive health services by increasing access to highly effective, long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARCs).

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New Article from Population and Development Review on High Mortality in Central Southern States Most Likely Due to Smoking

"Geographic Divergence in Mortality in the United States," by Andrew Fenelon

NEW YORK (12 December 2013) — Between 1965 and 2004, the distribution of states with the highest mortality changed dramatically. In 1965, the states with the highest mortality (Rhode Island, Alaska, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire) were spread across geographic regions. By 2004, however, the states with the highest mortality were geographically contiguous, and located in the south. The Central South (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee) had the highest mortality rates in the United States. A new study by Andrew Fenelon of Brown University explores the possibility that smoking behaviors account for this situation.

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New Articles from Studies in Family Planning on Ethiopia’s Family Planning Success and the Efficacy of Interventions to Reduce Adolescent Childbearing

"Ethiopia: An Emerging Family Planning Success Story" by David J. Olson and Andrew Piller

NEW YORK (10 December 2013) — A family planning success story is underway in Ethiopia, marked by substantial increases in contraceptive use and declines in the total fertility rate. This study examines key elements of success—ranging from political will, generous donor support, and non-governmental and public-private partnerships, to the government's establishment of a cadre of health extension workers—and evaluates how these efforts have expanded access and willingness to use family planning methods.

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New USAID Cooperative Agreement with the Population Council Facilitates Contraceptive Development, Supports Introduction of New Methods in Low-Resource Settings

NEW YORK (9 December 2013) — The Population Council was awarded a cooperative agreement from the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of Population and Reproductive Health, "Delivering a Family of Contraceptive Vaginal Rings." Included in this agreement is support for two innovative, Population Council-developed contraceptive vaginal rings: a one-year contraceptive vaginal ring that can be used by women to plan their pregnancies and a three-month vaginal ring that can be used by breastfeeding women.

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Population Council to Present New Research on Key Populations at International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa

Findings Will Highlight Strategies to Reach Men Who Have Sex with Men, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities

NEW YORK (2 December 2013) — The Population Council will present new research focused on HIV and key populations next week at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa in Cape Town, South Africa (7–11 December 2013).

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Population Council Presents New Research at the International Conference on Family Planning

ADDIS ABABA (15 November 2013) — This week, the Population Council presented findings from more than 40 research studies at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Council experts showcased new research during panel sessions, oral presentations, roundtable discussions, a press conference, and poster presentations.

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