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

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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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