Whatever African women will take to lower their HIV risk they will take, I can assure you of that. In a report released on Monday, researchers explained how a flexible ring inserted into the vaginas of many women helped protect them against HIV. With the global rate of this disease being an astronomical 37 million people, according to the WHO, this is a great product for all women to try. If you do have some interest on this, then you should know a few facts about it.
FIRST FACT: HOW MUCH THE PERCENTAGE DECREASED FOR HIV
Before you get too excited, it should be noted that this is not going to automatically stop HIV. The researchers noted how the overall infection rates of the disease were decreased by 27 and 31 percent. Even though this still leaves a risk for the disease, the researchers did say that this was the biggest advance that has ever been seen.
SECOND FACT: WHY THEY MADE IT
As simple as this may be, it is worth mentioning. A University of Washington doctor, Dr. Jared M. Baeten, said they simply wanted to find something that women could use to lower the risk of HIV. Baeten led one of the major studies, and he said that this gives him a lot of optimism in the future.
THIRD FACT: HOW TO USE IT
This is a 2 and a half inch ring, and it is made up of silicone. Basically, you are supposed to leave this in your vagina for one month before it needs to be replaced. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated, and once it is placed in your vagina it becomes unnoticeable. It is a very cheap product as well, being only $5. I think that $5 is not too bad when you consider it will decrease your chance of getting HIV.