Articles tagged with: STIs

Apr19

IF YOU LIKE IT, PUT A RING IN IT! THE INTRAVAGINAL RING THAT MAY SOON BE A LIFE CHANGER IN THE SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ARENA

Thursday, 19 April 2018 Written by // Everlyne Ombati, MSc Tags // Contraception, End-User, HIV, Reproductive Health, STIs, Vaginal Ring

Yes! Yes! We soon may have a ring for our vaginas! I know what you are thinking; vaginal rings have been here since sliced bread. True, but what’s new about this one is that it will provide protection from HIV. Future rings will also include protection from unintended pregnancies and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), too. And when that ring is available, I am putting it in! Because I like my vagina, and I want to stay healthy.

Apr03

From the Pipeline | WHY WOMEN-CENTERED MPT DEVELOPMENT MATTERS

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 Written by // Martha Brady, Maggie Kilbourne-Brook Series // From the Pipeline Tags // Contraception, End-User, HIV, Pipeline, Reproductive Health, STIs

Incorporating what women want into new sexual and reproductive health products is essential

We at PATH make it our business to reflect on the elusive topic of ‘what women want’—in terms of protection options in their sexual and reproductive lives. Not surprisingly, the answer is complex. Women want and need different things at different stages of their lifecycle, depending on the circumstances of their lives.

Feb26

From the Pipeline | THE ROAD TO FEMALE CONTROLLED PREVENTION: THE FEMALE CONDOM AS A CURRENTLY AVAILABLE MPT

Monday, 26 February 2018 Written by // Denise Van Dijk Series // From the Pipeline Tags // Contraception, End-User, Female Condom, HIV, Pipeline, Product, Reproductive Health, STIs

The Road

6 years; 12 Million Dollars.

When the founders of the Female Health Company (FHC) began conceptualizing the female condom in 1996, they wanted to create a product that would impact society as well as benefit investors. Little did they know that it would be a long road to develop a market for the female condom.

Feb14

STRIVING FOR A WORRY-FREE VALENTINE'S DAY...AND EVERY OTHER DAY

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 Tags // Advocacy, AGYW, Contraception, End-User, HIV, STIs

This post was written by IMPT Secretariat Project Coordinator, Kathreen Daria, to share a personal connection to this work. Names have been changed to ensure confidentiality.

“It finally happened! We had sex! And how romantic that it was on Valentine’s Day, right?” Jen, one of the first friends I made in college, could barely contain herself as she shared this news while walking with me to the university café. She then hesitated, “The only thing is, he didn’t have a condom. Do you think I’ll be okay?”

Nov29

STATUS OF THE FIELD: MPTs IN THE PRODUCT PIPELINE

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 Tags // Contraception, HIV, Pipeline, Product, Reproductive Health, STIs

Since 2009, when MPTs officially became a “thing,” we have had a lot of conversations about MPTs and answered even more questions. We have spoken with friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, seatmates on plane flights – you name it. Until recently, not many people had heard of MPTs, and we spent a large part of these conversations doing quite a bit of explaining.

Most people we talk to seem universally on board with the concept of MPTs, thinking that it “just makes sense” as a prevention approach. However, because there aren’t many ready-to-use MPTs on the market (condoms being the sole exception) they are also hesitant to get “too excited” about future products still in development. For many, MPTs sound great – but intangible, disconnected from reality.

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