Monday, March 3, 2008

Anti-HIV gel has huge potential

A study in New Delhi shows that a vaginal gel containing an anti-HIV drug can safely be used by women on a daily basis. However, the microbicide's efficacy against the virus has not been tested. Lead researcher, Dr. Craig Hoesley, characterized the gel as a "potentially terrific option" for sexually active women. Now that safety tests have been passed, efficacy tests are currently being planned. Previous microbicides have not only failed to work, but have actually showed an increased risk for HIV infection.

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