Beyond HIV microbicides: multipurpose prevention technology (MPT) products

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Multi-purpose prevention technologies (MPTs) that aim to simultaneously prevent unintended pregnancy, human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are among the most innovative and complex products currently in development within women’s sexual and reproductive healthcare. In this review article, MPTs are placed within the wider context of combination products, combination drug products and multi-indication products. The current MPT product landscape is mapped and assessed with reference to existing products for the corresponding single indications, before identifying the gaps in the current MPT product pipeline and highlighting priority products and challenges moving forward.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-69
Number of pages8
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue numberS5
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2014


  • combination products
  • contraception
  • microbicide
  • MPTs


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