HIV/AIDS killing condom to be released soon
Lusaka, July 24th, 2014, ZANIS —- A new condom designed to kill the HIV/AIDS virus could be available on the market soon, after key regulatory approval.
Tests have shown the VivaGel condom is effective in deactivating 99.9 per cent of HIV, herpes and human papilloma virus cases.
According to reports on social media, Australian bio-tech firm Starpharma has developed the antiviral Viva Gel, the active ingredient designed to tackle sexually transmitted infections, in the condom’s lubricant.
The product has now received a receipt of Conformity of Assessment Certification by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration – a similar certificate to the CE mark in Europe – paving the way for mass production.
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.
The VivaGel condom is the brainchild of Australian bio-tech firm Starpharma.
Gel in lubricant found to be 99.9% effective at deactivating HIV, herpes and human papilloma virus cases.
Received approval by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration – similar to a CE mark in Europe.
Firms behind the condom say it could be available within months