NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
There is need for Kenya and bilateral partners to
support clinical trials on microbicides in order to supplement
existing HIV/AIDS prevention tools for vulnerable women and
youth, medical researchers said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a forum
in Nairobi, the researchers emphasized that microbicides that
include gels, foaming tablets and vaginal rings have potential
to reduce HIV infection significantly.
Dr Nelly Mugo, a
reproductive health specialist at Kenya Medical Research
Institute (KEMRI) noted that microbicides are an effective tool
for preventing HIV transmission among women if applied
efficacious microbicides will strengthen available interventions
to reduce transmission of the AIDS virus to women and other high
risk groups,” Mugo remarked.
The Kenyan AIDS
Strategic Framework launched in 2015 roots for research on new
and cost effective methods to curb new infections and deaths
arising from HIV linked opportunistic diseases.
Mugo said that
additional funding and creation of a conducive policy and
regulatory environment is key to boost research on new
“Part of our health
budget should be ring fenced to support research on microbicides,”
Mugo remarked, noting that Kenya could emulate South Africa to
stimulate research on microbicides as a tool for reducing HIV
infections among women, youth and same sex couples.
The research and
development of microbicides that could be applied on the female
genital tract to prevent HIV transmission intensified in the
agencies, foundations and health advocates have endorsed
development of microbicides that could be used by vulnerable
women to block HIV transmission.
Dr Lillian Mokoh, a
HIV/AIDS specialist at Kenya Medical Women Association (KEMWA)
said microbicides could be a magic bullet in the war against a
disease that affects African women disproportionately.
presents a new milestone in the fight against HIV/AIDS in
Sub-Saharan Africa where women accounts for 50 percent of new
infections as opposed to 16 percent among men,” Mokoh remarked.
She added that women
who experience sexual violence could use microbicides to prevent