The International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) would release the “On the Map: Ensuring Africa’s Place in Rectal Microbicide Research and Advocacy” plan at the international Microbicides 2012 conference to be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center. The main aim of this initiative is to ensure that African leaders come face to face with the reality that many people in their country are indulging in anal sex. Moreover they wish to make them realize that there is an urgent need for them to promote research programs that would help in devising new ways to prevent the spread of HIV.
Recently in December there was a consultation process undertaken between the African and international stakeholders which highlighted the need to indulge in behavioral study on anal sex. It also advocated for increased condom-compatible lubricant access.
The report also outlines the priority of the rectal microbicide research that would include the integration of safe anal sex messages. All these researches would eventually be incorporated with the HIV prevention programs.
The Chairman of IRMA, Jim Pickett highlighted the fact that for far too long there has been a presumption that the epidemic of HIV in Africa has been solely heterosexual and that it includes the sexual transmission driven by unprotected vaginal intercourse between men and women. But there has been a series of evidence that have surfaced showing that unprotected anal intercourse is prevalent all across the continent. This includes heterosexuals as well as gay men and even transgender individuals.
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