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Friday, February 2nd 2007

It Comes In A Nifty Tube…

…unfortunately it doesn’t work. An anti-viral gel being tested on women in Africa to prevent the spread of HIV, has had its clinical trial stopped.

One of the urgencies for developing microbicides is that in Africa, men generally refuse to use condoms, and women don’t have the power to refuse to have sex or otherwise make the men care about disease prevention.

More women using the gel were contracting HIV than those with the placebo.

Fortunately it is not the only anti-HIV gel currently being tested. Hopefully there is a future for some of these.