How do we define progress? Some define progress as always moving forward, but when it comes to drug and device development, particularly in the challenging world of reproductive health and HIV prevention, it is never that easy. Each study provides new knowledge, as well as new questions. Why did this work? Why did that not work? As scientists, we are often forced to look not only forward, but backward, and sideways too.
The campaign to fight HIV has unequivocally moved forward in leaps and bounds in the last several years. Still, there remains much to be done. CONRAD scientists are optimizing existing methods and developing new methods for HIV prevention that will empower those who are most at risk, namely, women in developing countries. Women need a variety of HIV prevention options that are not only safe and effective, but also easy to use. We all know by now that there is no one silver bullet.
We also know that for many women around the world, a product or device that can prevent unplanned pregnancies AND reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections is desperately needed. Often referred to as multipurpose prevention technologies, these products are currently under development, with CONRAD leading the field in creating products that are effective, safe, inexpensive, and easy to use.
We are energized by our recent research successes and are committed to the idea that every child should be planned, and that every woman deserves to protect her health. As we move forward in developing technologies that can make this dream a reality, we acknowledge that we can only achieve these goals with the help of our study participants, donors, and scientific collaborators.