Microbicides are urgently needed for preventing HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections, according to a new report summarizing the opinions of a group of women's health advocates, scientists, ethicists, and industry representatives from 15 countries. The need for a "stealth" protective method to reduce the risk of such infections is particularly pressing for women who are unable to persuade sexual partners to use condoms.
About 40 microbicidal products are in development, 15 of which are currently being tested in humans.
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