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Multipurpose Prevention Technologies

HIV prevention and women’s reproductive health go hand in hand.

HIV prevention doesn’t happen in isolation. Even when people are at high risk for HIV, avoiding infection is but one factor in a complex set of decisions about their health and well-being. For women worldwide, those decisions include childbearing and reproductive and sexual health.

Multi-purpose prevention technologies are now in development to simultaneously prevent unintended pregnancy and protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. By addressing multiple health concerns in convenient, easy-to-use formulations, these technologies might also help ensure high levels of product adherence. Multiple versions are entering early clinical trials now. Many important questions about efficacy, acceptability and adherence need to be addressed as this research proceeds.

What We're Reading

Preferences for these four dosage forms varied before and after use, and both within and across countries – there was no clear favourite – indicating the need for a range of options for end‐users. The ring's popularity increased the most with use, was the second most preferred delivery system, and per self‐report, provided more coverage during sex. These end‐user perspectives provide important information to product developers and funding agencies.

May 9, 2019

A round-up from the Secretariat of The Initiative for Mulitpurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) covering a selection of highlights from its 2018 work. A learning network manager is fostering connections between multidisciplinary partners; see presentations given at a number of conferences, and more.

January 1, 2019

Of course, it is critical that an MPT be efficacious and safe, but how can we expand the product evaluation process to better ensure that future end-users will be able to access, want to try, and continue to use an MPT? In collaboration with our program officers at USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, our team developed a concept to do just that.

November 20, 2018
IMPT for Reproductive Health

This article outlines a strategic action framework developed as an outcome of a series of expert meetings held between 2014 and 2016. The meetings focused on identifying opportunities and challenges for MPTs that combine hormonal contraception (HC) with antiretroviral drugs into single products.

September 24, 2018
The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health
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