researchers have engineered a sex lubricant that could block
HIV and herpes, reports The [Sydney] Daily
Telegraph's Web site.
gel, called Viva Gel, was tested on lab animals.
Recent trials have shown the gel to be 85% to 100%
effective, according to the article.
central ingredient is the molecule dendrimer, which can bind
itself to the AIDS virus as well as the virus responsible
for genital herpes, preventing their ability to infect
The first trials
of humans are under way. Initial reports call the
lubricant "safe and well-tolerated" in healthy men. The
lubricant is also being tested as a contraceptive for
women. (The Advocate)