The quest for the (vaginal) ring
DATE: 19 July 2019
AUTHOR: Mail & Guardian
The HIV prevention tablet is now available in South Africa. But, as the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism reports, popping a pill every day to stay HIV-negative may not be for everyone. For young women, hassle-free alternatives are on the horizon.
A vaginal ring inserted monthly could reduce women’s risk of contracting HIV by 63%, according to a recent study.
The ring is loaded with the antiretroviral drug (ARV) dapivirine, which is slowly released into wearers’ blood to help prevent HIV infection.
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