Friday, November 04, 2005

British Study - A Gel To Prevent Spread Of HIV...

Dear Friends !

About 10,000 African women are to take part in a major British study into a gel which could help prevent the spread of HIV, scientists said.

The women are to participate in the three-to-four-year trial of "microbicide" "PRO 2000" to find out its effectiveness at protecting against HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections. (STIs).

Laboratory tests have shown the gel can block the entry of STIs in humans and protect animals also against infection.

"PRO 2000" developed by U.S. Pharmaceuticals Company "Indevus", is applied in gel form.
Women in South Africa and Uganda will begin enrolling in the trial this week, before the trial extends to Tanzania and Zambia later this year.

Split into three groups, the women will be given either a control gel or "PRO 2000" at one of two different strengths. They will apply it before having sex, but, will also receive condoms and sexual health counselling.

The study is part of a 74 million US Dollars programme funded by Britain’s Department of International Development and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

Dr. Anatoli Kamali, from the MRC Unit in Uganda said that there is a significant action is needed among sexually active women for female-controlled methods of HIV and STI prevention. She also added that the highest HIV infection rates are found in sub-Saharan Africa, which is why these trials are being conducted in this area.

The MRC's Clinic Trials Manager, Julie Bakobaki also said that the early safety studies of this "microbicide" have been encouraged.
It is very exiting after four years of preparatory work to teach the point of enrolement into this real trial.

Showing that this "microbicide" protects against HIV would represent a tremendous break through in the fight against the spread of HIV/Aids.

Dr. Sibongile Walaza, from the "Reproductive Health Research Unit" in Johanwesburg also added that if this "microbicides" are shown to be effective, they would ideally be used in addition to condoms, but, even on their own they could significantly reduce transmission of HIV and STIs.

"Hats Off" "PRO 2000"..............!

What a great move forward!

I hope you enjoyed reading this information as much as I did, it's always refreshing to find news and information of a positive kind...

Bright Blessings.


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