3.3 Current research on female-controlled methods
Dr M. Karam, Clinical Research and Product Development, gave an overview of research in the important area of female-controlled prevention methods - particularly microbicides. Microbicides have major advantages for women: women themselves can choose to use them, and their use does not require the partner’s consent or collaboration nor a visit to a doctor or health worker. Microbicides under development range from the non-specific (e.g. spermicides) to the specific (e.g. inhibitors of reverse transcriptase). The goal of current research is to determine what products can be used safely (and frequently) for HIV/AIDS/STD prevention.
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