February 2003

Re-examining the role of cervical barrier devices

Ellertson C, Burns M. Re-examining the role of cervical barrier devices. Outlook. February 2003; 20(2):1-8.

In addition to offering protection from pregnancy, some researchers believe diaphragms and cervical caps have the potential to offer women protection from some sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. The possibility that cervical barrier methods may provide “dual protection”—that is, simultaneous protection against pregnancy and STIs, including HIV—has led to renewed interest by researchers and policy makers. Researchers representing a range of disciplines—including the scientific, regulatory, and product-development fields—are examining the potential of existing or modified devices to protect against infections.