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Microbicides Essentials Online Course

September 22nd, 2008

Dr Petra

Do you work within the area of sexual and reproductive health – particularly in International settings? If so, then there’s a new course available that covers the science, testing and education issues around microbicides.

For anyone who’s not familiar with microbicides they are topical applications that can be used to fight sexually transmitted viruses such as HIV. They may take the form of gels, lubricants or spermicides and can be used vaginally or anally. In particular mirobicides have been recommended in countries where, due to cultural beliefs about women and gender imbalances it is difficult for women to negotiate condom use. In such settings women could find a gel or suppository could offer some protection if she’s unable to get a partner to wear a condom. You can find out more about microbicides and current developments in sexual health (including links to some useful sites) here.

The Global Campaign for Microbicides has launched a new online course called Microbicides Essentials on-line course via the Prevention Research E-Learning Centre. Click here for taster lectures from this module. You need to register to be able to access the full course and the module is also available as a CD Rom. The online course appears to be free (but please check before signing up if you have any questions). The CD Rom is free unless you want multiple copies. Could I suggest if you’re based in a Western country that you make a donation to the organisation if you plan to use their materials?

According to the publicity information about the course, it will help practitioners answer questions such as:

How are microbicides designed to work?

Why do so many of the large trials take place in Africa?

What will it take before they will they be available?

The course presents topics in in a lively interface with graphics, interactive quizzes, scientific animations, and much more. I’ve had a browse through the taster lectures and they seem very well set out.

Check out the site and the training materials, and if it might be of use to your colleagues pass the information on :-)

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