New generation of women’s health tools on the horizon

Around the world, millions of women are at risk of unplanned pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Recent developments in the emerging field of multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) are poised to deliver a new generation of safe and effective prevention methods that better meet women’s needs. At an upcoming conference, researchers from the UCSF Bixby Center and partners will announce new discoveries and recent developments in the field of MPTs that will soon enable women to simultaneously prevent unplanned pregnancy, HIV and other STIs.

At the upcoming World STI & HIV 2015 Congress in Australia, the UCSF Bixby Center is co-hosting a panel on MPTs with the World Health Organization (WHO), Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) and the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA). The panel will focus on:

  • The array of products in development.
  • The role of MPTs in the prevention of infertility.
  • The need for rectal MPTs to reduce HIV and other STIs, and their potential impact for women and men who have sex with men.

“The growing field of MPTs is in an exciting phase of scientific advancement,” said Dr. Craig Cohen from the UCSF Bixby Center. “We are on the cusp of breakthroughs that will transform the health of women and families globally. Delivering HIV and STI prevention in combination with contraception has great potential to impact women’s health around the world. It is a promising moment for research and investment in this important field in order to make more effective prevention a reality.” More information about the panel and the conference can be found online.