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HIV/AIDS

18 February 2011

Lubricants need to be tested

Some personal lubricants used during sexual intercourse significantly enhance the replication of HIV and cause rectal tissue damage.

In vitro studies have shown that some personal lubricants used during sexual intercourse significantly enhance the replication of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and cause rectal tissue damage, according to Population Council research published in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses. In vitro experiments are conducted in an artificial environment, such as in a test tube, not in a living organism.

"We didn't find any polyquaterniums in any of the other lubricant formulations in our studies," noted lead author and Population Council research technician Othell Begay.

 

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