The HIV Research for Prevention conference showcased advances with the potential to further decrease the rate of new infections.
More than two million people around the world are still infected with HIV each year. Given this stubbornly high rate of new infections, prevention remains a top priority. The limited number of early prevention methods have, over the years, mushroomed into a range of available or experimental preventative measures, including condoms, male circumcision, vaccines, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and behavioral modifications. October’s HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) conference in Chicago took attendees on a whirlwind tour of the state of the art for many of these approaches. More than 1,400 leading scientists, advocates, and government officials discussed a number of potential vaccine strategies, microbicidal gels and rings, and different uses of antiretrovirals (ARVs) and antibodies for preventing HIV infection in the research and development pipeline. READ MORE »