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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

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

The Journal of Women's Health published this study on chlamydia and the case for multipurpose prevention technologies based on information from California Family Planning Centers. Study authors integrate statistics on rates of chlamydia with observations about women's complex sexual health needs.

February 21, 2018

The Initiative for Multi-Purpose Technologies (IMPT) has published these remarks on the role of end-user research in the development of multi-purpose technologies (MPTs). Leading experts, including AVAC's Anabel Gomez, reflect on considerations for applying this research effectively while framing a few central questions it can address.

December 21, 2017
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