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Medical News & Perspectives
April 12, 2000

Microbicides: Ideas Flourish, Money to Follow?

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JAMA. 2000;283(14):1811-1812. doi:10.1001/jama.283.14.1811

Alexandria, Va—For years, the world of microbicide research could have adopted as its own the slogan identified with comedian Rodney Dangerfield: "I don't get no respect."

That perception clearly is changing, driven by the desperate need to prevent the spread of HIV in AIDS-ravaged populations, said researchers, public health leaders, and others gathered here for the first-ever large, international meeting on microbicide research.

"Because of the ferocious speed with which the HIV/AIDS epidemic has spread, we, as an international community, must expand our prevention options more urgently than ever," said Debrework Zewdie, PhD, head of the World Bank's AIDS Campaign Team for Africa. Women, in particular, could benefit from a "stealth" vaginal microbicide to protect themselves from infection by a sexual partner who is unwilling to use a condom.

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