South Africa has the highest infection rate of HIV in the world, and so it makes sense that it is also at the forefront of research to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. Researchers there have green-lighted a two year trial of a new microbicide gel which helps prevent the spread of HIV during sexual intercourse. Vaginal microbicides, when used before and after sex, help reduce the chances of HIV infection by 39%, but now tests done at Pretoria University have found a rather appealing byproduct of this new microbicide: It increases sexual pleasure. Braingasm!
Helen Rees, of Pretoria University’s reproductive health department, said, “One of the big messages we got, was many women said ‘We liked this’,” and considering that using the gel regularly cuts the risk of infection by 54%, microbicides have double whammy benefit. Most of the 22 million women infected with HIV live in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it has notoriously struggled to contain the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It has to be said that most methods of contraception and STD prevention aren’t appealing to many people, so if this gel makes me feel are warm and giggly, and gives me peace of mind with my sexual health, then I say, “Gel me up, man.”
I think I would like to get my hands on some of that stuff. Uh, not for me. It’s, uh, for a friend. *Blush*