According to him, before sex, women need to insert vaginal gel in the presence of sperm, the AIDS virus traps particles in the micro-mesh so that they do not infect the vaginal cells.
“The first step in the complex process of HIV infection in women is the virus that spreads from the sperm to the vaginal tissue. We want to stop that first step. We have created the first vaginal gel designed to prevent the movement of the AIDS virus. It’s unique.
“We have done this to develop technologies that allow women to protect themselves against HIV without the approval of their partners,” said Professor Patrick Kiser, a leading scientist at the University of Utah.
According to scientists, due to cultural and socioeconomic factors, women are often unable to negotiate the use of protection with their partners.
“So we developed a vaginal gel, which a woman can add a few hours before sex and detect the presence of sperm and provide a protective barrier between vaginal tissue and HIV. We wanted to build a gel to prevent HIV from communicating with vaginal tissue.
“It flows at the vaginal pH, and as the pH increases, the flow gets slower and slower, and it starts to work harder at the pH of the sperm,” said co-scientist Julie Jay.
Scientists estimate that if all goes well, the human tests of the gel will begin in three to five years and the gel will reach the market in several years.
The findings of his trial will examine the behavior of the vaginal gel and how it traps AIDS-causing HIV particles, which will be published in the upcoming edition of ‘Advanced Functional Materials’ Journal.