Public Release:  CONRAD to host HIV symposium at 2nd Annual Antivirals Congress

CONRAD

Arlington, VA - CONRAD HIV and microbicides experts will be featured at the 2nd Annual Antivirals Congress organized by Elsevier publications. This year's conference is being held on November 11-13 at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. Executive and Scientific Director Gustavo Doncel and Director of Product Development David Friend will discuss ex vivo models for testing topical antiviral microbicides and current antiretroviral based microbicide products.

Other speakers at the CONRAD symposium include Tom Hope from Northwestern University and Patrick Kiser from the University of Utah who will speak on defining the interaction of HIV and the mucosal barriers exposed during sexual transmission, and novel microbicide dosage forms to prevent HIV transmission, respectively.

What: CONRAD Symposium: The Use of Antiviral Agents to Prevent HIV Transmission

When and Where: Monday, November 12th - 2:00-3:40PM - Boston Marriott Cambridge

CONRAD, a not for profit scientific organization based in Arlington, Virginia, specializes in developing new contraceptive methods and products to prevent or reduce HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Several products in the pipeline focus on multi-purpose prevention options which provide contraception as well as HIV and STI protection. CONRAD tested and developed tenofovir gel, the first drug to show proof of concept that a vaginal gel containing antiretrovirals can reduce HIV and HSV-2 infections when used before and after sex.

Tenofovir is a drug commonly used by those infected with HIV to prevent the virus from multiplying in the immune system. A clinical study of women in South Africa who used a vaginal gel containing tenofovir has shown that it is 40-54 percent effective in reducing sexual transmission when used before and after sex.

The Antiretrovirals Congress provides state-of-the-art reports for scientists, health professionals and non governmental authorities to accelerate progress in the development and application of antivirals. The Congress serves as an interface between different interest groups from academia, those in research and development, regulatory and governmental agencies, charities, and health and industry professionals.

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About CONRAD

CONRAD was established in 1986 and is a Division of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, VA, where it has laboratories and a clinical research center. CONRAD is committed to improving reproductive health by researching and developing new contraceptive options and products to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The main office is located in Arlington, VA with collaborators around the world. www.conrad.org

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