July 4, 2015
A major trial testing the efficacy and safety of a vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral medication dapivirine has been completed, according to a press release from the NIH-funded Microbicide Trials Network. Results are expected early next year.
“We are hopeful that the women who took part in ASPIRE ... found the ring acceptable to use,” Thesla Palanee-Phillips, PhD, the trial’s protocol co-chair and director of clinical trials at Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa, said in the release. “In order to curb the rate of HIV infections in young African women, we need to find a prevention method that is easily incorporated into their lives. The dapivirine ring has enormous potential to be that method.”