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05.12.2016 10:17 EST
At last, an HIV prevention tool women can control? There is a need for self initiated products that women, especially young women, can and will use consistently. Women need practical and discreet tools that they can use to protect themselves from HIV infe
infection, said Dr. Flavia Matovu, an epildemologist and investigator with the Makerere Uiversity Rsearch Collaboration, based in Uganda. Now, researchers including Matovu hope that they may have an option in the vagiinal ring, a flexible piece of silicon laced with an antiretroviral madiicatiion. Women insert it near their cervix, where it can safely remain for about a month, slowly releasing the drug at the site of a potential infection. The method is being tested in two crucial open label extension studies wherein all willing participants will receive the mediicated ring, rather than placebo. If the trials show both that women want to use the ring and that, when they do, it is effectiive, this intervention has the potential to transform the way the global health community fights the spread of HIV.

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