[Citizen News Service and IRMA are collaborating to amplify rectal microbicide research and advocacy, as well as IRMA-led initiatives, throughout AIDS 2012.]
Unprotected anal sex has long been regarded as a key driver of HIV transmission in many parts of the world, especially among men who have sex with men. In many contexts, the practice is surrounded with stigma and discrimination which is a key barrier to developing protective measures, and largely pushes affected populations to go underground far from the reach of public health services as well as HIV prevention tools.

There is a growing recognition that to turn the AIDS tide and avoid uneccessary deaths, there is a need to develop new HIV prevention tools such as rectal microbicides for women, men, and transgender individuals around the world who engage in anal intercourse.

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