Reuters examines development progress of microbicide gel to prevent HIV

February 16, 2016

Gabelnick told Reuters that researchers are still working on a final report on the findings of the CAPRISA study and that a second trial called VOICE (Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic), aimed at confirming the safety and effectiveness of the gel, is also underway. Additionally, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are testing the tenofovir gel in men who have sex with men, the news service writes. "The FDA will want to see results from VOICE, due in 2013 or 2014, before considering approval of the gel," according to Reuters. "The FDA has also asked for data on how the gel works in adolescents and women past menopause," the news service reports.

The article details the benefits of a viable microbicide gel to help protect women against HIV/AIDS and efforts to come up with viable manufacturers and distribution networks for the microbicide gel (10/27).

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