A new condom designed to kill the HIV virus could be available for purchase in Australia within months, after key regulatory approval.
Australian bio-tech firm Starpharma developed the condom to be a first line of defense against sexually transmitted diseases by developing the antiviral Viva Gel, the active ingredient designed to tackle sexually transmitted infections, in the condom’s lubricant.
Tests have shown the VivaGel condom to be effective in deactivating 99.9% of HIV, herpes and human papilloma virus cases.
According to the Daily Mail:
It means the condom, the first of its kind, should be available to buy in the coming months.
The condoms are lubricated with VivaGel, which contains 0.5 per cent astodrimer sodium – a non-antibiotic, antimicrobial drug designed specifically as a compound against HIV.
It is hoped the gel will help reduce the transmission of HIV and other STIs, while also reducing the risk of pregnancy.