New vaginal gel to help reduce the spread of AIDS, AIDS epidemic, prevention of AIDS, AIDS prevention

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 21st Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1-lzexp4/
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There is a new drug about to be put on the market for the prevention of the spread of AIDS in some African countries

Introduction

Scientists presented the findings for a vaginal treatment that would protect against HIV infection. Their research is based on a study done with South African women volunteers tried out this new gel and reduced their risk of contracting aids by 50 percent during the first year of the study and by 39 percent after 2 and a half years into the study.

Historic day

At the same time, the researchers found that the risk for contracting genital herpes (HSV-2) was also reduced by 50 percent.

The executive director of the World Health Organization's UNAIDS program, Michael Sidibe says this new gel gives hope to women and also has the potential to curb the AIDS epidemic. Executive director of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, Mitchell Warren, hails it a "historic day for HIV prevention research." He congratulates everyone involved with the research including the “nearly 900 South African women whose altruism and commitment as trial volunteers made this effort possible.”

Tenofovir

The gel itself is a spiked with the antiretroviral AIDS prevention drug tenofovir. It has no colour or smell. It is inserted into the vagina with an applicator, similar to a tampon applicator before and after intercourse. A survey taken among the participants revealed a whooping 99 percent of these women said that they would use the gel as directed if they knew for sure it would prevent the spread of AIDS.

According to the researchers, the cost to produce the microbicide for the gel is inexpensive and the gel would only cost pennies. Also applicator is very cheap (32 cents), so that is plus for even the poorest of women in these African Nations.

So far the only side effects which has been observed is mild diarrhea. It has taken 20 years of research to perfect this gel.

Once the testing has been completed this breakthrough drug will help millions of women in third world countries. More than half of the women in sub-Saharan Africa are infected. Another larger study of 5,000 women is now going on in several countries including Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Do you think modern day gel contraptions prevent HIV and AIDS Carol??
No one thwarts the hand of God when there are sluts and prostitutes (male included) around who cannot keep their baby machines away from immoral activities and work.
Well HIV is body secretion and vaginal secretion is just one of it there is blood and other fluids too. Lest we forget Ryan White who was a documented victim of AIDS through external blood donorship.
None the less, in today's world of modern friendship aka Friends with benefits, AIDS is now set to devour the entire human population and not to say that animals don't have AIDS, cats, I have personally seen this have feline HIV too and moreover HIV was first seen in humans after abnormal sex with animals, monkeys if I am not mistaken.
Gels are spermicides not fluid retention material, get that right. You talk like a first timer for sex and I know gels and was allergic to this back in the day in the UK as a newly married bride.
Ignorance is a bliss and the ideal manner to fool the Black land with White technology to kill them all for their colour.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Semen flows irrespective of a darn gel and same with vaginal fluids. Prevention is better than cure, say no to promiscuity and deflowering by whores who have no sense of responsibility in life apart from penetration and lifestyle sex as their way of living for an income.

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author avatar Retired
21st Apr 2015 (#)

I'm not sure I'd risk using this to be honest.

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author avatar Carol Roach
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Lady Aiyanna then you must think the world health organization and all the scientists that worked on this new formula and get it new formula are people who are having sex for the first time. I didn't invented I am reporting that this it will soon be available.

It is completely new and does not work like a conventional spermicide.

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author avatar peachpurple
1st Sep 2015 (#)

this is a wonderful news for the poor countries, at least reduce AIDs

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