HIV-Killing Condom To Hit Australian Market In Months
A new condom which is designed to kill the HIV virus may be available in Australia in the coming months. Could it make its way to the U.S.??
Tests have shown the VivaGel condom is effective in deactivating 99.9 per cent of HIV, herpes and human papilloma virus cases.
Australian bio-tech firm Starpharma has developed the antiviral Viva Gel, the active ingredient designed to tackle sexually transmitted infections, in the condom's lubricant.
The product has now received a receipt of Conformity of Assessment Certification by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration - a similar certificate to the CE mark in Europe - paving the way for mass production.
It means the condom, the first of its kind, should be available to buy in the coming months.
The condoms are lubricated with VivaGel, which contains 0.5 per cent astodrimer sodium - a non-antibiotic, antimicrobial drug designed specifically as a compound against HIV.
It is hoped the gel will help reduce the transmission of HIV and other STIs, while also reducing the risk of pregnancy.
It'll be interesting to see how the condoms are received by the public in Australia and whether or not they aid in the prevention of STD transmission. If they prove to be successful perhaps we'll see this product or a similar one in the United States?
According to ABC.net.au:
The gel is currently undergoing trials in the US for use in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, but has had a setback in some clinical trials where it was intended as an alternative to antibiotic treatment of the condition but rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this purpose.
Hopefully the gel will have better luck in HIV prevention.