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Scientists are developing a new antiviral vaginal gel to reduce HIV infection

The discovery of an antiviral vaginal gel that can reduce HIV infection by around 50 per cent is good news, however qualified. More research is needed: the current clinical trial, in Durban, tested just 889 women. But the virtue of the gel is that it gives some autonomy to women, reducing their chance of contracting the virus when male partners refuse to use a…

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