Wednesday, 12 Aug, 2009 Health & Fitness

Latest Invention: Liquid Condom Blocks HIV, Herpes, Papilloma Viruses


Researchers managed to come up with the latest invention in medicine called vaginal liquid condom that has the ability to block semen and anything that is contained in it, including viruses such as the human immunodeficiency virus.

The condom is liquid gel before coming into contact with semen. When it catches semen the vaginal condom becomes solid. The gel plays two important roles: it is a protectant and a contraceptive. This is because it traps particles wider than 50nm, such as sperm, HIV, herpes virus, papilloma virus, which can lead to cervical cancer, and more.

Scientists who worked on this latest invention include Patrik Kiser and his colleagues from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Their goal was to protect women in countries with a high level of HIV-positive people by offering them a rather inexpensive way of contraception and protection when their partners do not wear a condom.

"We did it to develop technologies that can enable women to protect themselves against HIV without the approval of their partner," says Kiser. The team of scientists managed to test their latest invention only in laboratory. They stained HIV particles using a fluorescent dye to demonstrate that the gel turned solid when it came in contact with semen and blocked the virus, reports New Scientist. More information on diseases and reseaches can be found here at, check the links at the bottom of the article.

According to Kiser, the clinical trials of the gel will mostly likely continue for another five years. Until the drug hits the drug stores, the scientist looks forward to impregnate the invention with an anti-HIV drug that would kill the captured HIV virus before a woman washes the gel out of the vagina.

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