Press Releases

February 2016

Vaginal ring helps protect women against HIV

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A vaginal ring containing an antiretroviral (ARV) drug called dapivirine that women inserted into their genital tract and used for a month at a time was safe and helped protect against HIV in a large-scale clinical trial involving more than 2,600 women in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda and South Africa, researchers who conducted the trial, known as ASPIRE, reported today.

January 2016

Public Funding for Contraception Improves Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

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Women who visit a health care provider that receives state Medicaid family planning funds are almost twice as likely to use highly effective forms of birth control, like IUDs and implants, than women who visit similar providers that do not receive those funds.

October 2015

New study finds that implants are an effective contraceptive option for HIV-positive women

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Contraceptive implants are a safe and effective birth control option for HIV-­positive women using anti­retroviral therapy (ART), including efavirenz­-based ART, according to a new study published today in The Lancet HIV.

September 2015

New Generation of Women’s Health Tools on Horizon

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Recent developments in the emerging field of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) are poised to deliver a new generation of safe and effective prevention methods that better meet women’s needs.

August 2015

Agricultural Intervention Improves HIV Outcomes

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A multifaceted farming intervention can reduce food insecurity while improving HIV outcomes in patients in Kenya, according to a randomized, controlled trial led by researchers at UC San Francisco.

June 2015

Georgia Abortion Ban Affecting Women Across a Wide Region

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A Georgia law banning later abortions is limiting access to the procedure for women throughout the South, Midwest and parts of the Northeast, even though it has only partially gone into effect, a study by UC San Francisco researchers has concluded.

Better Birth Control Counseling Reduces Unintended Pregnancies Among Young Women

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Training health care workers to educate young women about intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants, which are more effective than condoms or the pill, dramatically cut the number of unintended pregnancies among young women seeking family planning services, in a UC San Francisco study done with researchers from Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

April 2015

New agreement will help save mothers’ lives in low-income countries

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An agreement announced today will reduce the achievable cost per use of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG) by over 75 percent and expand access to this innovative new product, which has been shown to safely and effectively reduce mortality due to post-partum hemorrhage.

March 2015

Louisiana Law Would Drastically Limit Abortion Access

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A Louisiana law that could close all of the state’s abortion facilities by requiring providers to have hospital admitting privileges would force three-quarters of the state’s women to travel 150 mi

December 2014

Major Complication Rate After Abortion Is Extremely Low, Study Shows

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In the most comprehensive look yet at the safety of abortion, researchers at UC San Francisco have concluded that major complications are rare, occurring less than a quarter of a percent of the tim