Friday, April 23, 2010

Meet Xiaoyan, A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate

Xiaoyan Zhang
Shanghai, China

Xiaoyan Zhang is a scientific researcher in Shanghai, China who has taken a vital role in the fight against HIV/Aids.

“The micro-environment and mucosal surfaces of the genital tract and the gastrointestinal tract are very different. It was reported that vaginal and intestinal macrophages display distinct phenotype and HIV-1 permissiveness profiles, therefore, it is necessary to establish rectal microbicides,” Xiaoyan says.

Xiaoyan got her was introduced to IRMA's work after attending the International Aids Society meeting in 2007. Since this meeting Xiaoyan has been working on rectal microbicide research, more specifically she evaluates the microbicide model system. As if this does not keep her busy enough Xiaoyan has also been actively working on HIV infection among MSM projects since 2005.

“Together with local CDC people, we established an MSM cohort, investigated the risk factors related to HIV infection, identified the prevalent HIV-1 strain, and characterized the subtypes and co-infections with HIV. We transferred the ideas from both behavior intervention and biomedical intervention strategies which should be implemented to control HIV transmission in the local MSM community.”

Through her advocacy at each scientific meeting and her relationship with MSM, Xiaoyan has begun to pave a significant path in the goal towards preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Read about more Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocates here.
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