A vaginal ring to prevent HIV infection has become popular with teenage girls, US scientists have suggested. Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infection by 56%.
Nearly 1000 women and girls are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa. Experts say it frees women from relying on men to wear condoms and allows them to protect themselves confidentially as women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally.
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What do you make of this? Would you wear this ring? Do you think this will be effective?
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- TSR Community Team
- Clearing and Applications Advisor
- Thread Starter
- 25-07-2017 11:37
- Community Assistant
- 26-07-2017 10:52
The idea has been around for quite a while and, in places with a decent healthcare system, it's been overtaken by others.
The 56% figure is potentially misleading - over what timescale and what were the absolute numbers?
Having a vaginal ring is worse than useless if you are having condomless anal sex - you can think you're being protected when you're not.
What would be better is an increase in testing and more people with HIV on treatment. It's looking more and more certain that effective treatment = an undetectable viral load = uninfectious as well as having a normal life expectancy.