Spotlight on Prevention: An Editorial Series Containing Expert Voices on Current Topics in HIV Prevention

Current edition:Ready, Set, Rectal Microbicides: An Update on Rectal Microbicide Research and Advocacy

By Jim Picket

Microbicides are compounds that are being tested for the prevention of HIV or other sexually transmitted infections. Unlike such strategies as condom use and abstinence, microbicides can be used independently of the sexual partner’s consent. Until recently, research has focused on vaginal microbicides; however, recent initiatives and ongoing studies highlight the importance of rectal microbicides as part of the HIV prevention toolkit.

Previous editions: Date published | Author name
Reinvigorating Condoms as an HIV Prevention Toolinfo
By Krishna Jafa and Steven Chapman
Eliminating Pediatric HIV/AIDS: What It Will Take and What It Will Bringinfo
By R. J. Simonds and Laura Guay
Alcohol and Risky Sex: Breaking the Linkinfo
By Katherine Fritz, PhD, MPH
A Holistic Approach to HIV Prevention Programming for Female Sex Workersinfo
By Melissa Ditmore, PhD
Balancing Research With Rights-Based Principles of Practice for Programming for Men Who Have Sex With Meninfo
By George Ayala, PsyD
Reducing HIV Infection in Young Women in Southern Africainfo
By Quarraisha Abdool Karim & Hilton Humphries, MA
The Astonishing Neglect of an HIV Prevention Strategy: The Value of Integrating Family Planning and HIV Servicesinfo
By Rose Wilcher & Ward Cates
Uganda’s Zero Grazing Campaigninfo
By Helen Epstein