Staying-Negative

Staying-Negative

When the first positive results of a research trial for an antiretroviral-based vaginal microbicide gel were announced at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna this July, it marked a significant thinning of the line between HIV treatment and prevention. The same agents that had been designed and developed to slow the virus’s proliferation within the human body now had the potential to be used to help bar it from successfully setting up shop in the first place.

“In Africa, one in 10 girls contracts HIV by the time she’s 16,” notes Yasmin Halima, director for the Global Campaign for Microbicides. “But by the age of 24, one in two will have the virus. This is why these results are so very appealing.”

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