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Anti-sperm antibody testing is indicated when agglutination or a low motility (may indicate sperm immobilizing antibodies) are noted on semen analysis.
In one study, 64% of 66 couples without significant sperm surface anti-sperm antibody had adequate sperm motility in cervical mucus, compared with only 26% of 122 couples where sperm-associated anti-sperm antibodies were detected.
Epicyte has five antibody products in development in its core areas of infectious disease and sexual health, including products to protect against the transmission of Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 and HIV and an anti-sperm antibody to prevent conception.
The grants will enable EPIcyte and ReProtect to further development of an anti-herpes antibody to prevent the transmission of the herpes virus by sexual contact and an anti-sperm antibody to prevent contraception.