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Vaginal gel holds promise against HIV after sex: Researchers (view pics)

New York: In what can be termed as a significant discovery in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, a vaginal gel has been developed that, if applied as long as three hours after sex, can protect

PTI [ Updated: March 15, 2014 12:32 IST ]
vaginal gel holds promise against hiv after sex researchers
vaginal gel holds promise against hiv after sex researchers view pics

New York: In what can be termed as a significant discovery in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, a vaginal gel has been developed that, if applied as long as three hours after sex, can protect monkeys from infection.


The gel has raltegravir, an FDA-approved anti-retroviral drug.

Three hours before it was inserted, the monkeys were given vaginal washes of simian HIV to simulate sex with an infected monkey.

In a separate trial, only one of three monkeys given a similar gel 30 minutes before exposure to the virus became infected.

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