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Special Report: The Diaphragm Renaissance Meeting

September 9 and 10, 2002, Seattle, Washington

Diaphragm Renaissance: Examining the Role of Cervical Barriers in Protecting from HIV and STIs

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On September 9 and 10, 2002, PATH, the University of California at San Francisco, and Ibis Reproductive Health co-hosted a meeting to reexamine the role that physical barriers of the cervix can play in protecting women from HIV and other STIs. Nearly 80 international experts gathered in Seattle, Washington, for this "Diaphragm Renaissance" conference aimed to focus new attention on diaphragms and cervical caps as methods that may protect women from HIV.

Keynote addresses were provided by:

Additional presenters included researchers specializing in virology, immunology, and anatomy, as well as clinicians, regulatory experts, and womens health advocates. Developers of products that are currently available or in late stages of development also were available to answer questions.

Panel discussions focused the following topics:

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Presentations made at the two-day meeting are provided below. All presentations are PDF files; please note that PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you would like additional information about this meeting or these materials, please email Greg Zwisler [[email protected]] at PATH.

The Cervix: The Achilles Heel of the Female Reproductive Tract
John Sellors, Moderator

Anatomical Evidence: Why a Barrier Would Protect the Cervix
Henry Gabelnick, Moderator

What's a Successful Device?
Glenn Austin, Moderator

Guided Group Discussion: Next Steps
Ward Cates, Moderator

Guided Group Discussion: Emergent Issues—Action Toward Moving Forward!
Janet Vail, Moderator

  • Summary—Nancy Padian
  • Identifying Priorities—Charlotte Ellertson

Annotated Bibliography (45 KB)

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For more information, please contact:
Greg Zwisler, PATH, 1455 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107 USA
Telephone: 206-285-3500; Fax: 206-285-6619; Email: [email protected]

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