Since the HIV/AIDS pandemic swept across the globe in a bid to infect as many people as possible, many scientists and researchers have come up with various ways of curbing the scourge with mixed results. However, some researchers have presented the latest technology of using a vaginal ring to reduce the risk of HIV infection among partners. Women can insert a vaginal ring in their vagina on a monthly basis, as it contains a drug that continuously releases its content with the intention of reducing the risk of contracting the virus. According to a new study done by researchers on African women, this prevention drug has the capacity to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by at least twenty-seven percent.
The researchers had also pinpointed that the vaginal ring functions well by constantly supplying an extremely restricted and exact quantities of the antiretroviral medication, dapivirine, into the vaginal tract slowly. It is worth noting that the main objective of dapivirine is to stop the virus’s capacity to reproduce within a healthy cell of an individual. However, according to the researchers, the ultimate goal of this technology is the prevention of HIV infection or spread instead of working as a curative measure or treatment.
Many years have gone by since the introduction of the virus that causes AIDS and even with this groundbreaking technology, it took many challenging years and vital resources for the researchers to dedicate themselves to seek ways of improving the management of HIV. Even though the dapivirine vaginal ring still has limited availability commercially, the researchers already feel very enthusiastic about their discoveries, because of the safety and effectiveness of this innovative approach to prevent HIV prevention.
With the major part of the research tested on African women and girls, a nonprofit group known as International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) has supported the advancement of the vaginal ring to extend its protection to three months. The ring aims to provide both women and girls an alternative approach of HIV prevention, along with the use of daily pills and condoms. The ring approach can have a great impact in sub-Saharan Africa where women and girls aged between fifteen and twenty-four years old have a double probability of contracting the AIDS virus in relation to men in the same age bracket.
The vaginal ring can give a lifeline to many girls and women not only in Africa, but also globally as it functions as an alternative prevention measure for individuals who lack full control when it comes to HIV prevention, especially when the male condom is the only available measure. Since women can discretely use the ring, they can decide when to wear it and stop worrying about contracting HIV for an entire month.