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  • Microbicides: raising new barriers against HIV

Microbicides — pathogen-stopping gels or creams that can be used before sexual intercourse — are a promising but undeveloped strategy for fighting HIV infection.

Although the idea has been around for many years, no microbicide has been proved clinically effective against the virus. But advocates have reason to be optimistic.

In this article, Rebecca Spieler Trager describes recent progress in the development of microbicides, and reports that a new non-profit group — already backed by US$30 million of funding — is opening this month in Maryland, United States to advance the technology.

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Reference: Science 299, 39 (2002)
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