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22 January 2018 14:21 (South Africa)

Microbicide gel halves Aids infections, new study finds

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

A study conducted by the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal has found that sexually active women at risk of contracting HIV were 54% less likely to become infected if they used a microbicide gel containing 1% of the antiretroviral tenofovir. The 54% success rate was derived after the women in the study had used microbicides for a year, and this dropped to 39% after two-and-a-half years. Further studies with a larger sample group (the current study recruited 889 women) are yet to be carried out. Read more: The Guadian via the M&G

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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