May 8, 2011

New contraceptive in the pipeline

It's still at least a decade off, but Professor John Aitken, says the gel could be applied to a small, pliable sponge and inserted in the vagina up to 48 hours before sexual intercourse.
As soon as semen makes contact with the gel, the sperm are paralysed and any STI-causing organisms are killed.
At present, there are not any "local compounds" available that can be applied to prevent STIs, just the "classic" spermicide, which was a "crude inhibitor of fertility", Prof Aitken said.
"Women who use a lot of this stuff, especially commercial sex workers, are significantly more likely to get HIV than women who don't use it ... it just destroys everything around it," he said.

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