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2006-08-13 17:55:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent TORONTO - A cream, gel or pill that women can use to protect themselves from the AIDS virus is key to stopping the AIDS pandemic, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has given hundreds of millions of dollars to HIV programs, said on Sunday. Gates said he would step up funding for prevention research but said governments and other donors needed to do so, also. "We want to call on everyone here and around the world to help speed up what we hope...

2006-01-24 12:16:08

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vaginal application of the PRO 2000 gel exerts activity against HIV and herpes simplex virus (HSV), investigators report in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. However, PRO 2000 and the many other microbicides being investigated to protect against HIV transmission face multiple challenges before they can made widely available, authors of a second Journal article note. PRO 2000 gel (Indevus Pharmaceuticals) is a synthetic compound that prevents HIV entry...

2005-10-31 13:31:05

Research with female monkeys at the Tulane National Primate Research Center has for the first time shown that three different anti-viral agents in a vaginal gel protect the animals against an HIV-like virus. The research suggests that a microbicide using compounds that inhibit the processes by which HIV attaches to and enters target cells could potentially provide a safe, effective and practical way to prevent HIV transmission in women, according to study investigators. The study, published...

2005-10-31 12:00:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Two big American drug companies have signed agreements to develop a treatment called a microbicide -- a gel or a cream that a woman could use to protect herself from AIDS, advocates said on Monday. Merck & Co., Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb have signed separate license agreements with the International Partnership for Microbicides to develop such a product, long sought by doctors and advocates as away for women as well as some...

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2005-06-09 13:01:09

DURBAN -- New HIV prevention treatments for women may be available as early as 2009, a sign of hope for fighting a world AIDS epidemic with an increasingly feminine face, a top researcher said on Thursday. Microbicides, which women might one day be able to use in gel or cream form to shield themselves from HIV infection, hold some of the best promise for fighting a disease which continues to defy efforts to create a vaccine, said Salim Abdool Karim. "We need some kind of prevention...


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