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The Rectal Revolution is Here (full length)

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Published on Dec 16, 2012

"The Rectal Revolution is Here: An introduction to rectal microbicide clinical trials" discusses the critical need for new methods to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV - in this case rectal microbicides - and explains the clinical trial process. It was shot in Peru, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.

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.

We have developed a facilitator's guide to accompany the video. It is meant to be utilized as preparation tool for people screeing the video in community discussions and workshops. You will find simple, clear background information on rectal microbicide research and the clinical trial process as well as helpful hints for making the most of the video. Click here for the English version of the guide: http://www.rectalmicrobicides.org/doc...

Thai and Spanish versions are also available on this channel. If you would like a digitial copy of the video - send a note to rectalmicro@gmail.com.

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 transgender individuals. Because anal intercourse is a human behavior, a rectal microbicide could have broad appeal across the globe.

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