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USAID awards CONRAD and Eastern Virginia Medical School funding for development of new HIV prevention
Date:12/2/2013

Norfolk, Va. Richard V. Homan, MD, President and Provost of Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and Dean of the School of Medicine, along with Alfred Z. Abuhamad, Chair and Professor of EVMS Obstetrics and Gynecology, announced today that CONRAD, a leading reproductive health-research organization at the school, will receive up to $80 million over the course of five years from the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (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.

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. The U.S. Congress recently approved legislation to extend PEPFAR, a foreign aid program to combat AIDS worldwide.

CONRAD Scientific and Executive Director Gustavo Doncel, M.D., Ph.D. said, "We are deeply grateful to USAID for their continued support, and to PEPFAR and the U.S. Congress for making HIV prevention a priority. These awards coincide with World AIDS Day and reflect the unwavering commitment of the American people to support the fight against the AIDS epidemic worldwide. The funds will support multi-faceted research and allow us to advance and develop a variety of prevention products which include on-demand and long-lasting options for different women's needs. We plan to incorporate input on user preferences early in
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Contact: Annette Larkin
alarkin@conrad.org
703-772-6427
CONRAD
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