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Australian biotech firm Starpharma has developed a new condom with a built in compound that kills upto 99.9% of HIV and a number of other Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Condoms are well known to be one of the most effective ways to stop unwanted pregnancies and to prevent HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections. They do this by creating a physical barrier between the two partners – and when used properly are 98% effective.

But Australian biotech firm Starpharma has developed a new condom with a built in compound that kills upto 99.9% of HIV and a number of other Sexually Transmitted Infections. Starpharma’s anti-viral compound ‘Vivagel’ has been incorporated into the condom.

‘VivaGel is intended to help reduce the risk of exposure to viruses that cause STIs, having been shown in laboratory studies to inactivate up to 99.9 per cent of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), HSV (herpes simplex virus) and HPV (human papillomavirus),’ claims Starpharma.

The company’s CEO, Dr Jackie Fairley, said: “Condoms are not 100 per cent effective in preventing either pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections and so anything that you can do to reduce the number of virus particles by inactivating them with a substance like VivaGel would reduce overall viral load.”

The condoms have been approved for sale in Australia, Japan and are currently being assessed by America’s Food and Drug Administration.

 

For tips on using condoms correctly and avoiding common mistakes check out a piece written for beyondpositive by Doctor Christian Jessen

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