Thursday, July 22, 2010

Microbicides – where next?

Via Aids Map, by Gus Cairns

Now we have the proof that microbicides can work, what are the next steps toward providing one? How will they be provided and distributed? What might they cost? And how will they be marketed to people who would benefit?

Experts at a press conference and later panel discussion yesterday warned that the CAPRISA study result was only a first step and it would be at least three or four years, even if other studies also produced positive results, before a microbicide hit the clinic shelves, and possibly longer.

At the press conference, US HIV research chief Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said that the implications of the CAPRISA study were “really enormous” and that he had been impressed by the statistical robustness of the study. “However you slice it, this is a significant result,” he said. “The first thing I will do when I get home will be to move microbicides from the column marked ‘non-proven’ into the ‘proven’ column.

"It fulfils an extraordinary need and is an opportunity for a group of people who’ve had very little opportunity to direct their own fate. Now they will.”

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