New Feminine Gel May Reportedly Block HIV Virus

New Feminine Gel May Reportedly Block HIV Virus

News reports state now there may be some good news for women having unprotected sex. Research has been undergoing  and scientist have found some new antimicrobial vaginal gel may protect women from the HIV virus, even if it is applied several hours after sex.

In the study, the gel successfully protected five out of six monkeys from a hybrid simian/human AIDS virus when it was used three hours after HIV exposure, as explained by lead author Walid Heneine, a CDC HIV/AIDS researcher.

The same gel also protected two out of three monkeys when applied a half-hour before HIV exposure, according to the study, published March 12 in Science Translational Medicine.

But there are always some bad news along with this. We have to remember that these trials may be working on animals but maynot be repeated in humans, says Heneine notes.

This feminine gel contains a 1-percent solution of the anti-HIV drug raltegravir called (Isentress), and the way it works is by blocking the ability of the virus to mix into DNA into the DNA of animal cells. It is said once the gel is applied, the HIV cannot transmit its DNA into cells, the researchers say.

“The DNA degrades and the cell does not become affected,” Heneine said. Raltegravir has “been very effective in HIV treatment, and now we’re looking at it in prevention,” he added.

As we know, in the United States, the AIDS virus is mainly spread by having unprotected sex (sex without a condom) with someone infected with HIV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Experts involved in the studies of this gel, hope that once this kind of product undergoes the necessary clinical trials and is approved, it can be used as an extremely-effective and easily-accessible HIV/AIDS prevention option.

Well we hope so. It does not substitute for just being plain cautious of who we sleep with and to stop having sex unprotected, but for those who just can’t follow this, you may need to use it stop the spread of the virus.