Move over, NuvaRing! There’s a new ring on the block…

Contraceptive use for women may never be the same again thanks for Northwestern University’s new innovation. Patrick Kiser at the Department of Biomedical Research at Northwestern University has created the first ever form of birth control that not only protects against pregnancy, but STD’s and- wait for it…. HIV! The ring is made of flexible plastic much like the popular, NuvaRing but delivers a combination of the contraceptive (levonorgestrel), and anti-retro virals (tenofovir) directly to the cervix which utilizes a smaller dose than pills that prevent transmission of viral std’s such as HIV and Herpes Simplex Virus. The ring is easy to insert and is effective for up to 3 months at a time at which time a new ring would need to be inserted.

According to the World Health Organization, 35 million people around the world live with HIV, and 222 million women would like to delay or stop childbearing but are not using any method of contraception. The possibilities that this new ring provides is innovative in itself. Now, couples who have one HIV or HSV infected partner can have a normal sex life without the fear of transmitting the virus to their partner. And what’s more, anyone who wants to protect themselves from the viral STDs such as HIV can now have a peace of mind that they are protected. The rings are being manufactured now, and the device soon will undergo its first test in women.

To get more info, go to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140305191421.htm

 

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