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This is a rather interesting article regarding a couple recent studies done in Africa, on a couple medications designed to prevent the spread of HIV. I think this is encouraging stuff. Not that we all want to take pills to avoid HIV (smart sex is still the best way to do that), but it gives some hope that scientists are getting better at understanding the disease. That’s good news for everyone.
For some reason, Yahoo felt the need to specify “straight men and women” in the title of their article, even though the first successful study on this drug was done on gay men.
From Yahoo! News: Two new studies found that daily pills prevented infection with the AIDS virus in heterosexual men and women in Africa, bringing new hope for someday offering a medical shield against HIV infection.
“This is good news. This is a good day for HIV prevention,” said Dr. Lynn Paxton of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has coordinated the agency’s research into HIV prevention.
These are the third and fourth widely reported studies of AIDS prevention medications.
The first was announced last year. It was a study of Truvada in gay men in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa, Thailand and the United States (San Francisco and Boston). The drug lowered the chances of infection by 44 percent, and by 73 percent or more among men who took their pills most faithfully.
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A condom that helps men maintain erections is being developed by a British biotech company and if regulators approve it in Europe, the sexual device could pop up in the United States.
A gel inside the prophylactic increases blood flow to the male member. Participants in clinical trials said the rubber gave them firmer, bigger erections, according to Futura Medical, the company making the condom.
Leading condom-maker Durex is calling the invention the CSD500, though the the press has dubbed it the “Viagra condom.”
The prophylactic’s erection-enhancing powers inevitably led to comparisons with Viagra, the prescription medication made by Pfizer. But the two products are different.
Viagra gives a lift to men with erectile dysfunction who have trouble getting aroused, while the gel inside the CSD500 is designed to sustain men who report losing their enthusiasm after putting a condom on, Time reported.
European regulators are examining Futura’s claims that this condom encourages safe sex and fights the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The gel doing the hard work inside the condom was inspired by the generic compound that treats angina by increasing blood flow to the heart.
It was only a matter of time, and hopefully a product like this can be an option for treating Limp Willy Syndrome without the side-effects of actual Viagra and other pills. Plus it has the potential for being an awesome performance enhancer, so I predict that if the CSD500 breaks wide it really will support safer sex by making a condom something that improves the experience (for the first time in history).
Flat out, this thing has the potential to incite a safer sex revolution, and we could do with one of those…especially in parts of the world where using a condom is considered emasculating, and there are more of those than you think.
I promise to review these on the show if they ever hit the United States. Hopefully that’s sometime soon. And to our European listeners: I’d gladly pay postage, you’ll probably have them laying around the house anyway.
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