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Advocacy Brief: Gender Considerations for Microbicide Introduction

December 2013 — Recommendations for reducing gender-related barriers to microbicide access and use, based on analyses in Kenya and South Africa, are summarized in this brief. PTA staff members conducted the gender analyses — one in Kenya and another with Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa — to inform future introduction of microbicides. Noting that many of the findings and recommendations apply to current HIV-prevention efforts, the brief lists actions that advocates can take now to address gender-related barriers to HIV prevention and begin preparing for microbicide introduction.