Ethical challenges in HIV microbicide research: What protections do women need?

Abstract
As the HIV epidemic continues unabated, among the people most at risk are women and girls in developing countries. Condom distribution, adopted as a public health measure early in the epidemic, has had only marginal success. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), “Young girls and women are regularly and repeatedly denied information about, and access to, condoms. Often they do not have the power to negotiate the use of condoms. In many social contexts, men are resistant to the use of condoms” (Condoms and HIV Prevention 2011). Counseling and public campaigns to encourage people to reduce risky behavior have not worked to stem the tide of new infections. Abstinence is not an option ..
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