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Priorities for the Year

AVAC's Playbook 2012 sets out top strategic goals and priorities in HIV prevention for ourselves—and for the world. Here's what we have to say about microbicides. For more, visit www.avac.org/playbook.

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2014 GLAM Grants Available for Lubricant Advocacy in Africa
Projects must promote access to safe, affordable, condom-compatible lubricant in Africa as a component of HIV prevention; download this document for more info

The Latest on Microbicides
  • Microbicides for HIV Prevention - What's happening now & what's expected in the future (PDF)
  • Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (PDF)
  • HIV Prevention Research & Development in South Africa (PDF)

VOICE Trial Results Underscore Need to Accelerate Development of Additional HIV Prevention Options for Women

Background on Microbicides

After many years of research, there is now proof of concept that a topical gel can reduce women’s risk of acquiring HIV during vaginal sex. This finding from the CAPRISA 004 microbicide trial was one of the recent highlights of HIV prevention research.

The term microbicide refers to various strategies being tested that may reduce the risk of HIV transmission during sex. These include creams, gels, and suppositories that could be used vaginally or rectally. The large majority of microbicide candidates in testing today are formulated with antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.

As the microbicide research agenda accelerates, there is more work than ever for advocates to do in monitoring follow-up steps, mobilizing to ensure priorities are met and communicating results. Whether you are just learning about microbicides or have been following the field for many years, this section has resources for you.

Introductory Information

Tracking the Field


In-depth Resources


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