This New Gel Might Protect Women From HIV Infection Even Hours After Sex



The latest glimmer of hope in the ongoing race to cure AIDS comes from an experimental new gel.

Researchers announced this week that a vaginal gel helps protect monkeys–and, potentially, women–against HIV infection, even when it is applied as long as three hours after sexual intercourse.

« If you’re having sex that’s in any way not anticipated, you might not have an opportunity to apply the microbicide before the sex happens, » said Rowena Johnston, vice president of research for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

« In the heat of the moment, you might not always have time to say ‘Stop, put everything on hold while I put this product in.' »

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While its findings are encouraging, say experts, the study did not show 100 percent protection. One of six tested macaque monkeys became infected despite the gel. Also, one out…

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