As many of our readers  know – in December IRMA, the Microbicide Trials Network, and Population Council launched the video “The Rectal Revolution is Here: An introduction to rectal microbicide clinical trials.” The 14-minute video includes researchers, advocates, and trial participants and discusses the need for rectal microbicides and the role of clinical trials in developing products that are safe and effective. It is available on YouTube in English, Spanish, and Thai and has been watched by several thousand viewers already.

The team has produced a facilitator’s guide to accompany the video, and the English version can be downloaded here.

The guide is meant to be used as a preparation tool for people leading community discussions, workshops, and/or recruitment sessions who will be showing the educational video. You will find simple, clear background information on rectal microbicide research and the clinical trial process as well as helpful hints on using the video.

We are still finalizing versions in Spanish and Thai – and will post them as soon as they are ready to go.

Many, many thanks to our partners at MTN and Population Council for their help and expertise with this guide, our Video Advisory Committee that provided invaluable feedback, our fabulous graphic designer from Toolbox, Inc., and to our intrepid Spanish and Thai translation teams!

If you would like an electronic copy of the video that you can keep on your computer or a flashdrive to be used for presentations, send a note to

We hope you find this guide helpful!


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