ReProtect's Mission is to reduce unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS, by providing the most effective and innovative products to protect the reproductive health of women and men throughout the world.
ReProtect's Unique Solution
ReProtect, Inc. is the first company to develop a vaginal microbicide that works by maintaining the natural environment of the female reproductive tract. ReProtect's products are among the first to be tested for their ability to be contraceptive and protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) without the use of hormones or potentially damaging detergents. ReProtect's goal is to provide safe, reliable and effective contraceptive microbicides.
ReProtect's flagship product is the vaginal microbicide, BufferGel®. BufferGel contains a buffering polymer that has demonstrated spermicidal activity and maintains the mild, protective acidity of the vagina. It is the first vaginal product designed to counteract the alkaline nature of semen. The vagina is naturally acidic (pH 4), which kills not only sperm, but also inactivates the pathogens that can cause many STDs, including HIV, herpes, syphilis and gonorrhea. The alkaline quality of semen neutralizes the protective acidity of the vagina for several hours after intercourse. This allows fertilization to occur since the acidity of the vagina would otherwise immobilize and kill sperm (see Publications and Abstracts for additional information). Thus, BufferGel is designed to prevent both unwanted pregnancy and STDs by enhancing a natural protective function of the vagina.
ReProtect's second generation product is Duet™, a novel cervical barrier and applicator that serves as a platform technology to enhance the effectiveness of microbicides, spermicides, and vaginal therapeutics. Duet will enhance the efficacy of preventive and therapeutic products, with high convenience and acceptability.