Webinar: What Do the VOICE Results Mean for Rectal Microbicides?
As we learned in early March at the 20th Retrovirus Conference, daily HIV prevention in the form of an oral pill or a drug-containing vaginal gel was not the right fit for most participants in the VOICE trial, conducted among more than 5,000 women in South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Although adherence was estimated to be high, drug levels measured in blood samples told a different story: “The bottom line is, the women were not using the products,” said VOICE protocol co-chair Jeanne Marrazzo in a press conference.
The results raise many questions about the design of future trials for new HIV prevention tools—and International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA for short) will address one of them in an upcoming webinar titled “VOICE—What Are the Implications for Rectal Microbicide Research?”
Rectal microbicides—gels, creams, or other topical products containing anti-HIV agents—are in development to help both men and women protect themselves and their partners from HIV during anal sex. Of course, like any other tool for protecting one’s health, microbicides won’t work if they don’t meet people’s needs and folks don’t use them. So what can rectal microbicide researchers and advocates learn from VOICE?
You can find out by registering for the April 8 webinar and participating in the discussion with Jeanne Marrazzo and microbicides researcher Ian McGowan. Get the details below and follow the link to sign up.
Monday, April 8, 2013, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM Eastern Time
Join Jeanne Marrazzo (VOICE protocol co-chair) and Ian McGowan (co-principal investigator of the Microbicide Trials Network) for presentations and discussion on the VOICE results and what they mean for the rectal microbicide field moving forward.
The slides for the call will be available through a web interface during the call, and can be downloaded in advance here http://rectalmicrobicides.org/teleconf.php. [Note: The slides were not yet available at the time of this writing; check back as the event date approaches.] After the call is completed, a recording will be made available.
The call is scheduled for 10:00 AM eastern time. To determine the time in your location, click here http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.
When you register, you will be provided a list of global toll-free numbers. If you need to be dialed in, please send us the number on which you would like to take the call.
This call is presented through a collaboration between IRMA and AVAC. We look forward to your participation.
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