CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: March 6, 2001
UI invites people to participate in genital herpes
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Genital herpes, the most common
sexually transmitted disease, affects nearly 45 million Americans, and the
outbreaks associated with the condition can be painful and difficult to control.
University of Iowa Health Care researchers invite
people with genital herpes to participate in a study on the effectiveness
of an experimental gel to prevent or delay recurrences of the condition.
Healthy women and men ages 18 to 65 who have four
or more genital herpes outbreaks each year are invited to participate in the
study. Participants must agree to use a medically acceptable form of birth
control while enrolled in the study. Participants must also be willing to
make weekly UI Hospitals and Clinics visits -- up to 10 in all -- once an
outbreak has occurred and be available for follow-up assessment. Participants
randomly will be provided with the gel or with placebo (inactive substance)
for application up to three times weekly for three-week periods. Compensation
will also be provided.
The UI study is being led by Kevin Ault, M.D., UI
assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics, and Kara Wools-Kaloustian,
M.D., UI assistant professor (clinical) of internal medicine. The UI is one
of 20 sites nationwide participating in the study.
For more information on how to participate, women
can call Tracy Peters at (319) 356-2719 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested men can call Nancy Wagner at (319) 384-9569 during the same hours
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.