Community to test new HIV prevention products

2014-09-29 00:00

THE Edendale community was left with the challenge to test the new products aimed at reducing HIV infection on Friday at the Edendale Lay Ecumenical Centre Hall.

The Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health Research (MatCH research) of the University of the Witwatersrand, together with the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) and Follow-on African Consortium for Tenofovir Studies (Facts), held a meeting to present results on their ongoing Microbicide Clinical trials, the tenoforvir gel trial and the dapivarine vaginal ring.

Department head of division MatCH Research and site director of MatCH Edendale Research Centre Zonke Mabude said their main aim with the community meeting was to share the progress and future activities at MatCH Edendale Research Centre. “We also held this event so as to strengthen the relationship as stakeholders working in the HIV fields.”

Community Advisory Board (CAB) chairperson Magic Khanyile said their hopes are high for this microbicide experiment to test positive so that females can be helped and HIV can be reduced.

According to Mabude, the Facts 001 is the trial that is assessing the effectiveness of the tenofovir gel in preventing and reducing the risk of HIV. The trial was conducted in multiple sites, including nine different sites in South Africa.

“Small studies have shown that microbicide rings are comfortable and easy to use, and not usually felt by the partner during sexual intercourse. Similar rings are in use in many countries as contraceptives,” said IPM representative Smanga Ntshele.

Both product trials are still ongoing and the results are expected to be available early next year, while the ring study results are expected in 2016.

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