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New Study Finds Gel Protects Monkeys from HIV

A new article in The New York Times reports that “that monkeys can be protected against infection [HIV] with a vaginal gel even when it is used as long as three hours after sex.” The gel, containing raltegravir, an antiretroviral drug FDA approved for HIV treatment, was inserted 3 hours after monkeys were given vaginal washes of simian HIV. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, found “One of six macaques became infected despite the gel; all that got a placebo gel became infected.” Successful development of the gel would be useful in countries offering little protection against domestic violence or rape.

Read it in The New York Times.