Microbiocide Fail to Protect Women from HIV: New reports now show that a vaginal gel intended to protect women from HIV infection is not substantially effective. Previous studies suggested that the gel could decrease HIV infection by 30%.
Pro 2000, a vaginal microbicide gel designed to reduce women's risk of HIV infection, showed "no evidence that it reduces the risk of HIV infection," according to the results of a series of clinical trials in Africa, Britain's Medical Research Council (MRC) said on Monday, Reuters reports. "The MRC trial, which took place between September 2005 and September 2009, involved 9,385 women and was carried out by the Microbicides Development Programme (MDP), a not-for-profit partnership of 16 African and European research institutions," the news service writes. "It found that the risk of HIV infection in women who were given PRO 2000 gel was not significantly different than in women supplied with a placebo gel." To date, no microbicide has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection (Kelland, 12/14).