New Gel-Based Contraceptive That Prevents STIs and Pregnancy - But a Decade Away

by Tanya Thomas on  May 8, 2011 at 7:29 AM Sexual Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

Oz scientists are developing a new gel-based contraceptive that will protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as preventing pregnancy.
 New Gel-Based Contraceptive That Prevents STIs and Pregnancy - But a Decade Away
New Gel-Based Contraceptive That Prevents STIs and Pregnancy - But a Decade Away

It's still at least a decade off, but Prof John Aitken said the gel could be applied to a small, pliable sponge and inserted in the vagina up to 48 hours before sexual intercourse.

As soon as semen makes contact with the gel, the sperm are paralysed and any STI-causing organisms are killed.

At present, there are not any "local compounds" available that can be applied to prevent STIs, just the "classic" spermicide, which was a "crude inhibitor of fertility", Aitken said.

"Women who use a lot of this stuff, especially commercial sex workers, are significantly more likely to get HIV than women who don't use it ... it just destroys everything around it," the Herald Sun quoted him as saying.

"Most of the time you want both right. You want to be able to have intercourse in the safe knowledge you will neither get pregnant, nor will you catch some terrible microbe," he added.

Aitken, a reproductive scientist at the University of Newcastle in NSW, said the product being developed would be aimed at women between the ages of 15 and 25.

Source: ANI

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Trimester of pregnancy Pregnancy and Exercise Home Pregnancy Test Pregnancy Birth Control Pills Psychological Changes In Pregnancy Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation Breech Presentation and Delivery Air travel: To fly or not to fly Pregnancy and Antenatal Care 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive