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Phase III trial of dapivirine ring begins in Africa: New HIV prevention approach for women
Date:7/24/2012

ith Janssen R&D Ireland (previously Tibotec Pharmaceuticals), one of the Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson. Dapivirine, also known as TMC-120, belongs to a class of ARVs called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) that bind to and disable HIV's reverse transcriptase enzyme, a protein that HIV needs to make copies of itself.

In addition to the Uganda and Cape Town, South Africa sites, ASPIRE will be conducted at the following MTN-affiliated trial sites, pending all necessary approvals: In Malawi the University of North Carolina Clinical Research Site in Lilongwe and the College of Medicine-Johns Hopkins University Research Project at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre; in South Africa the Medical Research Council of South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal (seven sites), the eThekwini site for the Centre for the AIDS Programme in Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in Durban; WRHI in Johannesburg; in Zambia the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Zambia in Lusaka; and, in Zimbabwe the University of Zimbabwe-University of California, San Francisco HIV Prevention Trials Unit in Harare (three sites).
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Contact: Lisa Rossi
rossil@upmc.edu
412-916-3315
Microbicide Trials Network
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