FROM THE PIPELINE | A long-acting multipurpose prevention ring to help protect against HIV and unintended pregnancy

Leveraging its experience developing the first vaginal ring and long-acting product shown to help prevent HIV, the nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides is now developing a three-month vaginal ring designed to reduce women’s HIV risk and prevent unplanned pregnancy. This innovative multipurpose prevention technology would offer women a discreet option to protect their sexual and […]

Striving for a worry-free Valentine’s Day…and every other day

“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. […]

MPT target product profiles

A critical function of the IMPT Secretariat is to serve as a knowledge manager for the MPT field. In this way, we collect and disseminate MPT-relevant resources, as well as synthesize data and stakeholder expertise into useful tools and frameworks in order to inform future work within the MPT field. While the IMPT Secretariat continues […]

ICYMI: Discussion on end-user research for MPT R&D

At this point, we do not likely need to convince you that if you are aiming to develop and introduce an MPT product, incorporating end-user research into the process is a good idea, especially if you want it to have a positive public health impact. We at the IMPT Secretariat are delighted that end-user research […]

Status of the field: MPTs in the product pipeline

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 […]

MPTs 101: Why youth providers need to know this term

If you are an advocate for youth health and wellbeing, you need to know about multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) – innovative tools on the horizon to address a gap in the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls. It’s a long name, but there’s a reason behind that. First, these tools are called multipurpose prevention because they simultaneously […]

Will you join us?

It remains unacceptable that women and girls worldwide continue to confront preventable sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, as well as face high rates of unintended pregnancies. It is unacceptable that advocates, scientists, and politicians still need to convince people that investing in, innovating around, and creating a supportive policy environment for women’s health is […]

Happy Holidays from the IMPT Secretariat!

Dear Friends, As a budding public health researcher over 25 years ago, I had the privilege of living and working with young women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom were forced to leave school due to marriage and pregnancies at an early age, often as young as 13 years old. I saw firsthand […]

Get Involved and Help Us Make MPTs a Reality!

Imagine a world where women have the tools they need to protect themselves from HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy simultaneously; empowering them to achieve their full social, educational, and economic potential. Multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) — an innovative class of products delivering varied combinations of HIV prevention, other STI prevention, and contraception — will […]