Development of a microbicide-releasing diaphragm as an HIV prevention strategy

Ian Major, Deborah Lowry, Karl Malcolm, David Woolfson, Jessica Cohen, Paul LaBarre, Maggie Kilbourne-Brook, Gene Saxon, David Friend

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Abstract

Contraceptive diaphragms offer a discreet method of pregnancy protection that women can use when needed with no side effects. Incorporating antiretroviral HIV microbicides into such devices may also provide protection against HIV infection. The paper gives a brief outline of the work being conducted by PATH, CONRAD and QUB on the development of a microbicide-releasing SILCS diaphragm. The design, engineering and manufacturing challenges that have been encountered will be discussed, as well as the potential impact such a device could have in the developing world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2010
EditorsI. Major
PublisherIEEE
Pages1089-1092
Number of pages4
Volume2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC) - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 31 Aug 20104 Sep 2010

Conference

ConferenceAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)
CountryArgentina
CityBuenos Aires
Period31/08/104/09/10

Keywords

  • Anti-HIV Agents
  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Contraceptive Devices, Female
  • Drug Implants
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Female
  • HIV Infections
  • Humans
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity

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