Monday, August 18, 2008

Patricia Segura is a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate

Patricia Segura
Lima, Peru

Patricia became involved with IRMA (specifically IRMA-ALC) in order to explore new prevention strategies that would help decrease the impact of HIV/AIDS on the Peruvian population. To her, rectal microbicides represent an important priority as a new HIV prevention technology because little research has been done on the topic. “We do not fully understand what mechanisms can influence the prevention of HIV transmission through anal intercourse,” she says, emphasizing the need for more studies.

She is currently a research manager with Invetigaciones Medicas en Salud, INMENSA, an independent non-profit organization based in Peru. INMENSA is a founding partner of IRMA-ALC and spearheaded the effort to translate the "Less Silence More Science" report into Spanish. More than anything, Patricia understands that rectal microbicides should be further explored. Currently, feasibility studies have been implemented in Peru to get an overview of willingness to participate in preliminary studies for microbicides.

And while Patricia is an incredible, hard-working advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention, don’t be surprised by the equally amazing guitar-playing skills she developed in her free time.

Learn about other Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocates here, on the IRMA website.

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