n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - AIDS briefs

Volume 23, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... MICROBICIDES - WHY DO WE NEED THEM? Microbicides are topical chemical agents used in the vagina to prevent infection by HIV and other sexually transmitted pathogens. Prototype microbicides are designed to be inserted before each act of intercourse. There are several proof-of-principle phase III trials of candidate microbicides currently in progress or about to start. A definitive answer to their efficacy and safety is expected by 2008. Why do we need to develop chemical barriers against HIV? In the absence of an effective vaccine against HIV, novel biochemical methods for preventing the transmission of HIV are necessary. Condoms are known ..

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