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HIV/AIDS

20 July 2010

Vaginal gel cuts HIV risk

A vaginal gel applied consistently before and after sex reduced the risk of HIV infection by more than half, according to a study presented at the International Aids Conference in Vienna.

A vaginal gel applied consistently before and after sex reduced the risk of HIV infection by more than half, according to a study presented at the International Aids Conference in Vienna.

Despite these promising results, the gel still needs to be further researched, licensed and approved and is not likely to be available to women at clinics any time within the next year or two, said Abdool Karim, who is director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and pro vice-chancellor (research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

 

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