Clinical Impact: Infectious Diseases

Each year, hundreds of millions of women are affected by common reproductive infectious diseases in what many experts consider to be a serious global health problem. Approximately 15 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections are diagnosed each year in the United States alone. The research conducted at Magee looks at the health issues women face across their lifetimes, including common infections such as vaginitis and STDs, infections during pregnancy and the neonatal period, and those that affect adolescents and postmenopausal women. Researchers are developing new techniques to treat diseases known to cause infertility and pregnancy complications, and prevent them from being passed on to future generations.

One unique focus of development of topical microbicides to prevent HIV and urogential infections, with an emphasis on an international trial, is the Microbicide Trials Network. This groundbreaking study centers on testing the safety, effectiveness, and acceptability of microbicides against HIV–and will put women here and abroad in control of preventing HIV infection.