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FDA Approves the First One-Year Contraceptive Fully under a Woman’s Control

The Population Council, a global nonprofit research organization, announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Annovera™ (segesterone acetate and ethinyl estradiol vaginal system), the first and only contraceptive that provides an entire year of protection against unintended pregnancy while fully under a woman’s control. The approval marks an important step toward expanding contraceptive options for women.

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The Conversation: Achieve progress by investing in women’s sexual and reproductive health

Without investing in women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, the world cannot drive societal progress to achieve the Sustainable Development goals, argues Zeba Sathar, Pakistan Country Director for the Population Council and Marleen Temmerman, Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Aga Khan University.

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Council Commentary

Join us at AIDS 2018

Next week more than 15,000 global leaders, policy makers, researchers, and advocates from 160 countries will gather in Amsterdam for #AIDS2018 to share the latest in HIV prevention, treatment and cure research, and insights on the global agenda.

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First Multipurpose Gel Designed to Prevent HIV, HSV, and HPV Simultaneously in Women and Men Advances in Clinical Trials

NEW YORK, NY (June 21, 2018) – A new Phase I study of the Population Council’s multipurpose prevention technology (MPT) gel PC-1005, launching this week, will examine the safety of the gel when used rectally by both men and women. If proven effective, PC-1005 gel would be the first product to prevent three incurable sexually transmitted infections (STIs)—HIV, herpes simplex virus (HSV), and human papillomavirus (HPV)—when used either vaginally or rectally. 

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Council Commentary

Making the Dream to End HIV a Reality by Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Emerging lessons from the DREAMS partnership

The Center for Global Development and the Population Council co-hosted a high-level discussion on emerging insights from the DREAMS initiative, an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.  Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Effect, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Project SOAR, the Population Council leads the DREAMS implementation science and capacity building portfolios.

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CTI Exchange: Contraception Technology Innovation is Everyone’s Business, Writes Julia Bunting and Laneta Dorflinger

In a blog post for FHI 360’s Contraceptive Technology Innovation Exchange, Julia Bunting, President of the Population Council, and Laneta Dorflinger, Distinguished Scientist and Director for Contraceptive Technology, outline what needs to be done to increase access to the broadest choice of quality, affordable, and acceptable contraceptives.

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