Volume 88 Issue 30 | p. 18 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 26, 2010

Gel Blocks HIV Spread

Department: Business
Keywords: HIV, AIDS, tenofovir, South Africa

Researchers at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna reported progress in preventing the spread of HIV last week. The biggest news was that a microbiocidal gel containing 1% tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug, helped lower the risk of contracting HIV and genital herpes. In a study of 889 South African women at high risk of contracting HIV, the gel was 39% effective at stopping the spread of HIV infection during sex and 51% effective . . .

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