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Published on Dec 16, 2012
This is the short, 90 second version of "The Rectal Revolution is Here: An introduction to rectal microbicide clinical trials." Click here - http://tinyurl.com/RectalRevolution-F... - to watch the full 14-minute version of the video now.
What is a rectal microbicide?
Currently in development, a microbicide could be in the form of a gel or lube, or maybe a douche or an enema, that could be used to reduce a person's risk of HIV infection vaginally or rectally. Rectal microbicides could offer both primary protection in the absence of condoms and back-up protection if a condom breaks or slips off during anal intercourse.
For those unable or unwilling to use condoms, rectal microbicides could be a safe and effective alternative means of reducing HIV risk, especially if they were unobtrusive and/or enhanced sexual pleasure enough to motivate consistent use. Such alternatives are essential if we are to address the full spectrum of sexual practices and the basic human need for accessible, user-controlled HIV and STD prevention tools.
The people who decide to use rectal microbicides, once available, will include gay men, other men who have sex with men, women, and transgendered individuals. Because anal intercourse is a human behavior, a rectal microbicide could have broad appeal across the globe.
This video (short and full-length versions) was developed by International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (www.rectalmicrobicides.org); Microbicide Trials Network (www.mtnstopshiv.org); and Population Council (www.popcouncil.org.) Click on any of these sites to learn more about rectal microbicide research and advocacy.