NEW HIV PREVENTION METHOD FOR WOMEN SET TO BE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL

CAPE TOWN, A new method for women to prevent HIV infection will soon be submitted to local and international regulatory authorities for approval.

Scientists at the 8th South Africa AIDS Conference held here last week say the (anti-retroviral (ARV) ring is specific to use by women and helps in reducing the risk of infection by up to 30 per cent.

The Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town, Dr Linda Gail Berker, said over the weekend: "There have been two efficacy trials, one conducted in a number of countries in southern, central and eastern Africa. The other one was exclusively in South Africa and what they showed overall was about a 30 per cent reduction in HIV acquisition.

"Among women over 25, you actually see a 60 per cent reduction and women who used the ring more consistently also saw a higher reduction (rate).

"It slowly elutes the anti-retroviral so that there's protection should that woman encounter HIV infection. Every effort is being made to make it as cheap as possible so that governments are able to make them available to women."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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