Why Microbicides?

The number of new HIV/AIDS cases continues to outpace the world’s response to the epidemic.

Treatment has been revolutionary, but treatment alone is not the solution.

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 is now the leading cause of death for women ages 15-44 worldwide.

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