Monday, February 21, 2011

Want to stop HIV? Gayguys needed for Microbicides study

I was so overwhelmed by the response to my 'It's inside you now' post about my stint in an HIV vaccine trial, that I was inspired to promote this different line of attack.

Microbicides are one of the most promising areas for HIV research.

Vaccines have been futile so far, and we'll never get everyone to use a condom every time. But if we can find something to slip into the lube that gay men are using anyway, and straight women are mostly open to using . . . that would be a lifesaver.

So most of us were taken by surprise a few years ago when the first studies began to show that might actually work.

Of course we need to test the hell out of this stuff. If you're a gayguy, that's where you come in.

I just got an email from ProjectGel, looking for volunteers for a big study in Boston, Pittsburgh and Puerto Rico. It's sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, so that's good enough for me.

This study is limited to gayguys under 30 for some reason. But there are so many studies on so many approaches going on all over the place.

Here's a map to one group of vaccine trials. Click for info or call 1-800-448-0440.


Someday, there will be a cure. Help make it sooner.



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