Condoms are getting some help! 

Dear IRMA members and readers of this blog –

Give OUT Day shines a spotlight on organizations that empower LGBTQ communities across the country, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is among these charities.

We’re using this campaign to highlight the next generation of HIV prevention: rectal microbicides. Though they’re still in development, these agents can be added to things like lubricants that will prevent the transmission of HIV, revolutionizing the way we protect ourselves and others. Condoms are getting some help!

This will greatly benefit gay and bisexual men, transgender individuals, and women because rectal microbicides are developed specifically for anal intercourse—a common human behavior. We need to expand the ways we protect ourselves against HIV, and rectal microbicides are quite promising. With the support of AFC’s global advocacy initiative—International Rectal Microbicide Advocates—scientists have achieved an enormous amount of progress, and we’re tremendously excited about the future.

You have an opportunity to support advocacy efforts that will be instrumental in making rectal microbicides a reality for all who need them.

Learn more by downloading this podcast on rectal microbicides, and visit our Give OUT page to make a contribution today.

Jim Pickett
Chair, International Rectal Microbicide Advocates


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