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Barriers to sexually transmitted diseases

Nancy J. Alexander
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 3 Number 2: Page 32 (April 1996)

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Abstract: Vaccines against the agents of sexually transmitted diseases are not yet a reality, so refinement of mechanical and chemical barriers, the only protection currently available, must continue. Women, in particular, require products that empower them to control their own health, because women may not be able to negotiate condom use, and they are heavily impacted by sexually transmitted diseases. however, a basic understanding of vaginal environment and immunology is lacking. Issures under consideration include acceptable product efficacy levels, the role of seminal plasma in transmission of disease, the shedding location of HIV in women, and safety of test subjects during research.

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