New Gel Said to Block HIV, Herpes

July 31, 2007 at 6:37 am 2 comments

Australian researchers have announced that they have developed a a gel which inactivates HIV and herpes. The gel has been found to be 85% – 100% effective in animals, but has yet to be tested in humans.

The goal of development of the gel seems to be to reduce HIV infections through heterosexual activity. No word yet on whether the tests in humans will include specific testing to show how effective the gel may be to prevent HIV infection among gay men. One can’t simply assume that something that works in the context of heterosex will work for homosex.

Towleroad has more here.


Entry filed under: Health, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, YouTube.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jim Pickett  |  July 31, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    You are right, gels and lubricants tested vaginally may not be safe or effective rectallly. It is very likely that we will need completely separate products for the vagina and the rectum – they are very different environments and one, the rectum, is essentially an open tube. That said, there are scientists working on rectal specific microbicides. Visit the home of the International Rectal Microbicide Working Group (IRMWG) to learn more about the scientists, policy makers and advocates who are working to develop safe and effective products that will provide some level of protection during anal sex – for men and women.

    Jim Pickett
    Chair, IRMWG

  • 2. Bloggernista  |  July 31, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Jim, thanks for the info and for the work that you are doing to develop microbicides that will work for both women and men.


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