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Gel found to reduce AIDS risk in women
Washington Post

A woman’s risk of infection with the AIDS virus can be significantly cut by the use of a vaginal gel, a study has found. The research marks the first success in a 15-year search for a way women can independently protect themselves from contracting HIV infection through sex. Short of a vaccine, an effective vaginal microbicide has been the most elusive goal in the epidemic.

The research, which was conducted in South Africa and will be presented Tuesday at the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna, tested a gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir.

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