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AVAC Praises CAPRISA 004 Trial Collaborators and Participants for Historic Study - Trial Confirms Promise of ARV-Based Microbicides

Mon, 07/19/2010 - 11:33am
Bio-Medicine.Org

VIENNA, July 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "This is a historic day for HIV prevention research. The CAPRISA 004 results are the first clinical evidence that a microbicide gel can help to prevent sexual transmission of HIV infection," said AVAC Executive Director Mitchell Warren, reacting to the results of the landmark microbicide trial presented today at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna.

"We believe that the most responsible plan of action now is to quickly and efficiently articulate the sequence of steps necessary for confirmation and follow-up of these results, while also aggressively planning for potential roll-out of a licensable product."

"It will take time and resources to fully analyze and understand the data, but this proof of concept demands immediate action both in South Africa where there are a range of key, context-specific issues—and on a global level where this new evidence will energize and redirect the microbicide field as well as the broader arena of prevention strategies based on anti-HIV drugs. Simultaneous efforts on many fronts are needed to eventually realize the public health potential suggested by these data."

"We congratulate the trial sponsors, scientific collaborators, and partners who conducted this trial, and especially want to thank the nearly 900 South African women whose altruism and commitment as trial volunteers made this effort possible. These volunteers and their communities have made an inestimable contribution to HIV prevention research and to the eventual development of new ways for women and men all over the world to protect themselves from HIV. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude," Warren said.

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