New Vaginal Gel Fights Herpes and HIV

New Vaginal Gel Fights Herpes and HIV - NewYorkTimes...

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New York Times October 20, 2011 Gel Cuts Women’s Risk of Herpes, Study Finds By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. A vaginal gel that sharply reduces a woman’s risk of infection with the  AIDS  virus is even more effective against  genital herpes , a much more  common risk for young American women, a  new study  has found. The study, by researchers from the National Institutes of Health,  Gilead Sciences Inc. and universities in Belgium and Italy, suggests  that the microbicide gel, which was originally developed to fight AIDS  in Africa, could lower the incidence of  herpes  in many women. “This could be incredibly helpful,” said Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, a herpes  expert from the University of Washington’s medical school.  “Protection that a woman can control is the holy grail in this field. It’s  hard for me to believe that something that protects against both H.I.V.  and herpes wouldn’t be appealing to a lot of young American women.” An executive at Gilead, the company that makes tenofovir, the anti- AIDS drug that is the gel’s active ingredient, said the company was  debating whether to spend the millions of dollars needed to get the  gel approved for the American market. Even if the company pressed  ahead immediately, “it would be three to four years before we were  ready to submit data” to the Food and Drug Administration, Norbert  W. Bischofberger, Gilead’s chief scientific officer, said.
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Genital herpes is far more common than AIDS. The World Health 
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