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On March 13, the NIH announced that it will fund ASPIRE’s open label follow-up study called HOPE (HIV Open-label Prevention Extension) of the vaginal dapivirine ring. This news was announced just prior to the start of the MTN Annual Meeting, which took place in Bethesda, Maryland March 14-15.
Enrollment has begun for AMP. The AMP (antibody-mediated prevention) Studies are two multinational clinical trials of an intravenously delivered investigational antibody for preventing HIV infection. The trials will test whether giving people an investigational anti-HIV antibody called VRC01 as an intravenous infusion every 8 weeks is safe, tolerable and effective at preventing HIV infection. The trials also are designed to answer fundamental questions for the fields of HIV prevention and vaccine research. More information about the AMP Studies is available at Questions and Answers: The AMP Studies for HIV Prevention, AMP Study FAQ
Basic Scientific Literacy Training Module
HANC is pleased to announce that the Basic Scientific Literacy (BSL) Training Module is now available on the HANC Public Site. The Basic Scientific Literacy training module training has been designed for participants with little knowledge of basic science and research and can be used as a refresher with more knowledgeable participants.
This entire workshop should last approximately 8 hours and is intended to provide information for community members and service and community based organization staff members funded by the Division of AIDS of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a part of the National Institutes of Health. The places where this training will be delivered involve multiple U.S. locations. This training has been developed to create consistent messages for a variety of people in different locations with different knowledge and experiences.
The objectives of this workshop are to:
- Demonstrate how science helps people.
- Learn about the scientific method.
- Describe scientific research.
- Explore the human side of science.
These objectives will be met through the use of informational materials (the Participant Guide) and numerous small and whole group activities and discussions. This course will be most successful with people who feel comfortable sharing questions and information.