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A New Contraceptive with Added STD Protection? Yes!

December 2, 20139 min
A new contraceptive that will protect against both sexually transmitted diseases AND pregnancy.A contraceptive that protects against both sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy was announced at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' annual meeting in the form of a vaginal ring.Similar to the existent NuvaRing contraceptive, the new vaginal ring would be inserted into the vagina and lasts up to 90 days. The vaginal ring would prevent pregnancy by releasing levonorgestrel, a hormonal contraceptive and would also prevent against sexually transmitted diseases by releasing tenofovir, an antiretroviral that has been proven to prevent replication of HIV and herpes.Head of drug delivery, Dr. Meredith Clark, PhD explains the benefits and risks of the new contraceptive and when the human trials begin.

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