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Advancing Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health

Many countries face high rates of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancies. A March 2009 international symposium at UC Berkeley provided a rare opportunity for practitioners, advocates, researchers, and product developers to explore new research on solutions to these challenges.

Advancing Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health 2009 included participants from the public and private sectors in the US, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, and New Zealand. Over 150 people attended, and travel support was provided for scholars from around the world who could not otherwise attend.

They shared research on:

  • The need for inexpensive, effective, and integrated technologies.
  • Developing new vaccines, devices, and microbicides.
  • Integrating the prevention of HIV, STI, and unintended pregnancies.
  • Increasing global access to existing and new technologies.
  • Enhancing existing technologies.

The symposium was developed by a group of experts led by Bethany Young Holt, a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Director of the California Microbicide Initiative (CaMI), a project of the Public Health Institute, and Susan L. Ivey, Health Research for Action Director of Research and Evaluation. Funding support was provided in part by a UC Discovery Grant from the University of California Industry-University Cooperative Research Program, and conference grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the World Health Organization. The CaMI website includes a full list of planners, co-sponsors and funders, as well as links to speakers' presentations. Planning for future activities is already under way.

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by grant number 1R13AI078730-01A1 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the US government.

March 2009