Why Microbicides?

The number of new HIV/AIDS cases continues to challenge the world’s ability to contain the epidemic. Treatment has been revolutionary, but treatment alone is not the solution.

While the last decade has witnessed remarkable achievements against HIV/AIDS, with new infections down by more than one-third since 2001 and AIDS-related deaths falling by nearly 40 percent since 2005—this progress has largely left women behind.

Empowering Women to Protect Their Health

Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to infection due to a mix of biology and social realities, yet they lack the tools they urgently need to protect themselves.

In sub-Saharan Africa, where the epidemic has hit hardest, women 15-24 are at least twice as likely to be infected with HIV than young men.

HIV/AIDS remains the leading cause of death for women ages 15-44 worldwide.

Safe and effective microbicides, like a gel used around the time of sex or a monthly ring, would put the power of protection into women's hands.