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New technology for AIDS fight.

NAIROBI, KENYA * New trials to help curb the spread of HIV and AIDS in women have begun in Kenya and will also take place in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.

The trials were announced June 10 by Dr. Zeda Rosenberg, head of the International Partnership for Microbicides.

Women will wear a small ring that releases antiretroviral drugs in to the birth canal, blocking HIV transmission for one month. The rings are commonly used in Europe and the United States for hormone delivery.

The study will evaluate safety and acceptability of the technology, using 280 healthy, sexually active, HIV-negative women.

"By empowering women with new tools to protect their health, this ring technology could bring hope where there was none before," said Elizabeth Mataka, the U.N. Secretary General's Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa.

She said that abstinence is not an option for married women because they have conjugal rights that they need to fulfill.

--Catholic Information Service for Africa

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Title Annotation:Acquired immune deficiency syndrome; WORLD BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6KENY
Date:Jun 25, 2010
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