New 'Tampons' Could Protect Women Against HIV

August 11, 2014 8:52 PM

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Traditionally, women's options for lowering their risk of contracting HIV have been relatively limited: Use condoms or don't have sex. Don't inject drugs. And get tested.

But if a team of bioengineers with the University of Washington succeeds at ushering its new research through clinical trials, women may soon be able to turn to dissolvable "tampons" that deliver HIV-preventing medication minutes before having sex.

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