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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.

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Multipurpose technologies for prevention of HIV and pregnancy were the focus of a dedicated session at HIVR4P 2020. This included a antiretroviral and contraceptive vaginal rings as well as a study indicating preference for combined products from heterosexual couples.

February 24, 2021
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Preventing unwanted pregnancy and HIV infection by using one product could be a reality one day. Early research on several products presented last week at the virtual HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) conference showed that they are safe and that potential users are attracted by the idea of a two-in-one prevention method.

February 2, 2021
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