Spotlight on Prevention: An Update on Rectal Microbicide Research and Advocacy
Submitted by Jennifer Pearson on 18 October 2012
Microbicides are compounds that are being tested for the prevention of HIV or other sexually transmitted infections. Unlike such strategies as condom use and abstinence, microbicides can be used independently of the sexual partner’s consent. Until recently, research has focused on vaginal microbicides; however, recent initiatives and ongoing studies highlight the importance of rectal microbicides as part of the HIV prevention toolkit.
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Related themes: HIV prevention, Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV