4. Briefing papers on Microbicides
A series of briefing papers developed for the Global Campaign of Microbicides and International Family Health by the HIV Tools Research Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are now available on-line. Each briefing paper provides an easy-to-read synopsis of the London School's work on various issues related to microbicides. The entire series is available at the Global Campaign's download centre:
The series includes briefing papers on:
- Are people using condoms? November 2003
The authors analyse data to examine condom use in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. They recommend both increased investment in condom promotion and distribution, as well as increased investment in microbicides to fill the current gap of condom use in long-term steady relationships, where condom use is generally low.
- The potential impact of microbicides in Johannesburg, South Africa - June 2004
The authors use mathematical modelling in combination with site-specific data to project the extent to which a microbicide will reduce HIV transmission in Hillbrow, an inner-city area of Johannesburg.
- A comparison of the potential impact of microbicides in two contrasting African settings - August 2004
In a similar analysis, the authors compare the extent to which a microbicide reduces HIV transmission in two contrasting African settings: Hillbrow, an inner-city area of Johannesburg and Cotonou, an urban area in Benin, which has a less generalized HIV epidemic, lower HIV incidence and lower condom use in long-term partnerships.
- Preparing to deliver: introduction of microbicides - July 2004
In an effort to prepare for microbicide introduction, the authors conducted an economic review of the issues related to market development, including delivery and costs, of both contraceptives and other health products (e.g. mosquito nets). The authors compare public sector distribution, social marketing, and commercial provision of these health products.