BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Scientists managed to find a method to keep teen girls safe from contracting HIV. This method consists of a vaginal ring which contains a drug which fights against the HIV virus. The ring proved safe for women aged between 18 and 45, but this is the first time when researchers gather evidence that it can be as effective for girls under 18.
The tests took place in United States, and involved 96 girls aged between 15 and 17 who had to use either a ring containing dapivirine, the antiretroviral drug, or a placebo ring. They had to use the test ring one month at a time for six months.
Young girls should also benefit for a method to prevent HIV infection
Seventy-three of the participants received a dapivirine ring, while the remaining 23 received a placebo ring. Results showed that all methods the girls used were safe, no matter what the rings contained. This is a huge discovery, as young girls are in more danger of contracting the HIV virus than young boys.
The ring could soon be approved as a preventive method for women older than 18. This is why researchers knew how important it was to find out if it could be as effective for younger girls as it was for the older ones.
The rings proved effective, and the girls were happy with using it
Most girls who were part of the tests used the preventive ring as they were taught. Around 42 percent of them removed the ring only when replacing it, and most of them thought it was comfortable enough. In fact, 74 percent of them reported not even feeling it during the day, while performing their regular activities.
Dapivirine is currently an experimental drug, which is still undergoing testing. It can be applied either as cream or be inserted in the vaginal ring. Scientists are studying more types of the drug, but the one introduced in the ring returned the best results.
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