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SOUTH AFRICA: Effective microbicide promised in four years

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JOHANNESBURG, 24 April (PLUSNEWS) - An effective microbicide to protect women against HIV may be available by 2010 if current trials prove successful, experts said on Sunday at the start of a four-day forum in Cape Town, South Africa.

Gita Ramjee, of the South African Medical Research Council, said the gel - known as a microbicide - offered huge potential for women, who accounted for 60 percent of the more than 25 million HIV-positive people in sub-Saharan Africa

"We have waited 25 years to address the epidemic, so [four years] is really not too much longer to wait," she said during a press conference ahead of the forum.

Thousands of women are currently enrolled in microbicide trials being conducted globally.



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