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CONRAD wins USAID Science and Technology Pioneers Prize for development of first vaginal gel proven to reduce HIV
Date:1/29/2014

of tenofovir gel and were instrumental in securing the funding to move forward with the trial. "We took a risk," says Dr. Spieler. "Without risk you can't have big wins and taking prudent risks is what science is all about."

A confirmatory study of tenofovir gel called FACTS 001, sponsored by CONRAD and funded by USAID, the South African government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is currently ongoing and if the results again show protection, the gel has been fast tracked by the FDA for regulatory approval.

Globally, 35.3 million people are currently infected with HIV, and in South Africa, prevalence of HIV has increased from 10.6% in 2008 to 12.3% in 2012. Young, single women account for the highest rate of new infections, and condom use in South Africa has fallen in all age groups. The need to develop and implement prevention options for those at highest risk of infection continues to be a top public health research priority.

At the close of 2013, CONRAD was awarded up to $80 million over the course of five years from the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID. The awards will fund three areas of HIV prevention research including: licensure and implementation of tenofovir gel, development of novel on-demand and longer-acting microbicide leads, and development of objective measures of product adherence for vaginal and rectal microbicides.


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Contact: Annette Larkin
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