If You Love It Then You Better Put a Ring IN It – Vaginal Ring With Drug Lowers H.I.V. Rates
Beyonce was on to something! Put a ring on it, or in it. Your vagina. It’s good for you.
Vaginal Ring With Drug Lowers H.I.V. Rates in African Women
more story @ the guardian.com
A flexible and inexpensive ring that is inserted into the vagina, where it slowly releases an antiviral drug, helped protect African women against contracting H.I.V. from their sexual partners, researchers said Monday in reports on two major studies that included more than 4,500 women.
The ring, 2.5 inches across and made of silicone, is left in the vagina for a month and then replaced. It costs $5, does not need to be refrigerated and has a shelf life of five years. It releases the drug dapivirine. Part of its appeal and its effectiveness is that women do not have to ask for their partners’ permission or cooperation to use it. A man may refuse to wear a condom, or deny a woman’s wish to take pills or use vaginal microbicides before sex. But a woman can insert the ring herself, and once it is in place neither she nor her partner can feel it. She does not even have to tell him about it.