The initiative, which is the largest microbicides project in the world, brings together 27 partners in 11 countries, including 8 EU Member States, as well as Switzerland and 2 African nations. They include universities, research institutes, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with expertise in molecular structure, the mechanisms of HIV infection, microbicide production and clinical testing.
Microbicides have an important role to play in preventing the spread of HIV. Because they can be used by women without the knowledge of her partner, microbicides empower women to take control of their own sexual health in situations where women are unable to force their partners to use a condom.
One product created by the project is already being tested in clinical trials, and the partners hope to have affordable microbicides, developed within EMPRO, on the market by 2012.READ MORE