Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dr. Craig Hendrix - A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate

Dr. Craig Hendrix
Baltimore, USA

Born in Washington D.C., Craig currently takes on multiple roles at nearby Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He is a physician internist, clinical pharmacologist, and infectious diseases sub-specialist. With his extensive medical background, Craig is actively engaged in clinical research of microbicides with a focus on rectal microbicides.

He understands that men and women who engage in receptive anal intercourse need something more than just the “ABC” approach, which fails at many levels. Hopefully, microbicides can prove effective in reducing the risk of HIV and be added to the list of multi-modal strategies of HIV prevention. Craig finds that ignoring rectal microbicide efficacy and toxicity ignores the HIV prevention needs of both men who have sex with men (MSM) as well as women. He sees that by not focusing on microbicides, we may be ignoring “a method that could be behaviorally more transparent than existing methods, and, therefore, more acceptable and more often used by MSM who do not currently employ effective HIV prevention strategies.” Craig’s commitment to advocating forrectal microbicides is evident in his discussions with his medical school classes as well as with his family, friends, and acquaintances. Check out Craig's presentation from the Microbcides 2008 conference.

While he takes up multiple roles on the job, his leisure-time joys include spending time with his wife and adult kids, reading, and keeping up with seemingly endless yardwork. And even though his orthopedist won’t allow him to play soccer anymore, it doesn’t stop Craig from dreaming about it.

Check in on more Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocates here - on the IRMA site.

Look for a whole batch of NEW bios of Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocates here, including folks from fabulous advocates from Zimbabwe, Scotland, USA, India and Nigeria.

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