via San Francisco AIDS Foundation
What if a lube could help prevent HIV infection during sex? Microbicide researchers and advocates are hoping to answer that question and create a new HIV prevention tool—and a sexy one at that, if rectal microbicides advocate Jim Pickett has his way.
A microbicide is a chemical agent (such as a drug) that could be formulated as a gel, lubricant, douche, or enema and applied vaginally or rectally to reduce the risk of HIV infection during sex. One benefit of using a microbicide is that it puts the HIV-fighting drug exactly where the virus is entering the body during sex. Another is that it would offer an unobtrusive and even pleasure-enhancing HIV prevention option for people who are unable or unwilling to consistently use condoms, as well as for mixed-HIV-status couples trying to have a child.
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