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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

Whether in the United States or Ethiopia, women needed more options to protect themselves. They needed comprehensive prevention methods they could control and use discreetly. They needed MPTs.

June 8, 2018
Ms. Blog

Expanding the range of contraceptive options helps individuals make choices appropriate to their needs and circumstances, allows them to switch from one method to another, and reflects a focus on quality and rights. Rings are a new product category in many developing countries. The ability of vaginal rings to deliver on their promise to users, health systems, and markets will depend on the actions of a variety of stakeholders.

May 14, 2018
Contraceptive Technology Innovation (CTI) Exchange

Yes! Yes! We soon may have a ring for our vaginas! I know what you are thinking; vaginal rings have been here since sliced bread. True, but what’s new about this one is that it will provide protection from HIV.

April 19, 2018
IMPT for Reproductive Health
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