AIDS Advance: Vaginal Gel Prevents HIV Infection

VIENNA -- For the first time, a microbicide gel -- intended to be used by women during sex -- has been shown to help prevent HIV infection. In a randomized controlled trial, a gel containing the drug tenofovir (Viread) reduced the risk of women acquiring HIV by 39 percent compared with a placebo gel, according to Quarraisha Abdool Karim of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in Durban, South Africa. Among women who used the gel more than 80 percent of the...Full Story
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