The Rectal Revolution is Here!

In July 2013, Bridge HIV, in collaboration with the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN), San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Be The Generation, sponsored a screening of the educational and entertaining film The Rectal Revolution is Here!. The screening was followed by speakers and discussion to help introduce the idea of rectal microbicides and future research studies to the San Francisco community.

Speakers following the film included:

  • Dr. Albert Liu, Director of HIV Prevention Intervention Studies at Bridge HIV
  • Jim Pickett, Chair of the International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) and Director of Prevention Advocacy and Gay Men’s Health at AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Rig Rush, community activist and former Microbicide Trials Network study participant
  • Dana Van Gorder, Executive Director of Project Inform

The Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) is a U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded worldwide collaborative clinical trials network focused on preventing the sexual transmission of HIV.

The MTN is preparing to launch the first phase II clinical trial of a rectal microbicide, MTN-017, of which Bridge HIV is one research site. MTN-017 will enroll approximately 186 healthy, sexually-active men and transgender women who have sex with men from 8 sites on 4 continents to study the safety and acceptability of rectally-applied tenofovir gel.

Click here to read MTN’s press release about the launch of MTN-017 and learn more about this groundbreaking study.

Click on the links above to watch The Rectal Revolution is Here! on YouTube and listen to speaker presentations.