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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Reducing the Risk of HIV Infections for African Women

African women are often victimized by HIV-positive men who insist on having sex without using condoms. There is, however, a set of encouraging results in South Africa from a trial of a vaginal microbicidal gel called tenofovir that at least reduces the risk of transmission if a woman use the gel immediately before and after intercourse. Still, these are early days and the risk reduction is only 39% (although it is 54% for the most dedicated users) compared to women using a placebo.

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  1. This ties into a story from CNN recently during the World Cup about rape... and one woman's rather interesting solution.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/06/20/south.africa.female.condom/index.html

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