Scientists have produced a gel product for women that is showing promise as an AIDS preventative. The gel incorporates the antiretroviral drug tenofovir, which is already used as part of the “cocktail” given to AIDS patients.
In a trial study that tested 899 women, half received the drug and the other half the placebo. There was a 39 percent reduction in infection for those who got the drug. The reduction was 54 percent among those who reported using it at least 80 percent of the times they had intercourse.
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