23:06 | 18th November 2017

Sexual Health:

Tue 18 Dec, 2012
By Editor


The cloth-like fibres can be woven from medicine into extremely thin 'webs'. They are then designed to dissolve after use, either within minutes or over several days.

Latest Headlines

New 'Super STD' found and proves to be impervious to medication

A strain of gonorrhoea is being called a “super-STD” as it rapidly spreads around the world and proves it is impervious to any current medication that is out in the market.


Get Tested. Make History.

Walk in for free, instant, safe HIV testing. Knowing your status can help you to take control of your health and protect your partner(s).


Scientists create a dissolvable condom

Researchers have developed a female condom which they claim can protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV by dissolving inside the body and releasing chemicals.


THE AFRICAN HEALTH AND SEX SURVEY

There are nearly 1 million African people living in the UK, spread all across the country. While HIV can affect anyone, it is an unfortunate truth that more African people in the UK have HIV than most other sections of the population.


Scientists create a dissolvable condom

Researchers have developed a female condom which they claim can protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV by dissolving inside the body and releasing chemicals.

Reportedly, besides blocking the sperm, the condom could time-release a potent mix of anti-HIV drugs and hormonal contraceptives.

Experts claim the 'discreet protection' can safeguard people from HIV and unwanted pregnancy by 'melting' inside the body.

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) developed the condom from tiny microfibres through a method called 'electrospinning'.



The cloth-like fibres can be woven from medicine into extremely thin 'webs'. They are then designed to dissolve after use, either within minutes or over several days.

The team was given USD 1 million to develop the technology, which uses an electric field to charge fluid through air to create the very fine, nanometre-sized fibres.

"Our dream is to create a product women can use to protect themselves from HIV infection and unintended pregnancy," Kim Woodrow, a UW assistant professor of bioengineering, said.

"We have the drugs to do that. It's really about delivering them in a way that makes them more potent, and allows a woman to want to use it," Woodrow said.

"This method allows controlled release of multiple compounds. We were able to tune the fibres to have different release properties," co-author Cameron Ball said.


Source: www.financialexpress.com
To read more on this article click ythe link below:
www.financialexpress.com/news/scientists-create-dissolvable-condom-to-protect-against-hiv/1043615

 

Back to previous page

cialis