"CATCH" stands for Carrageenan-gel Against Transmission of Cervical HPV (human papillomavirus) infection. HPV is a very big burden on women's health. It is known to cause cervical cancer, which is the second most common cancer worldwide among women. Laboratory studies have already demonstrated that Carrageenan is a potent inhibitor of HPV. The goal of the CATCH Study is to evaluate the effectiveness of Carrageenan in reducing genital HPV infection in a population of young women, i.e., clearance and prevention of HPV. Results from CATCH will benefit STI prevention efforts in Canada and around the world.
If you are a heterosexually active woman between 18-29 years of age, you may be eligible. Click here to learn about how to join.