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Regulatory Challenges In Microbicide Development

Women now account for the majority of people living with HIV, and young women bear the brunt of new infections in many parts of the world (1). Against this background, advances in understanding the molecular mechanisms of HIV sexual transmission are focusing new interest and resources on development of microbicides that are topical agents designed for vaginal (and possibly rectal) administration. Yet paradoxically, just as support and scientific prospects for microbicide development are improving, the regulatory obstacles to testing and licensing them are growing.

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