RxPG News Feed for RxPG News

Medical Research Health Special Topics World
 Asian Health
 Food & Nutrition
 Men's Health
 Mental Health
 Occupational Health
 Public Health
 Sleep Hygiene
 Women's Health
 Canada Healthcare
 China Healthcare
 India Healthcare
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 World Healthcare
   Latest Research
 Alternative Medicine
 Clinical Trials
 Infectious Diseases
 Sports Medicine
   Medical News
 Awards & Prizes
   Special Topics
 Odd Medical News

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2012 - 10:22:56 PM
Doctors Channel

subscribe to Doctors newsletter
Medical News : Professionals : Doctors

   EMAIL   |   PRINT
Indian American helps design vaginal ring to prevent HIV transmission

Jun 18, 2009 - 12:27:59 PM
'The compounds in the device are natural materials that are already approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in humans,' explained Saxena.

[RxPG] An Indian American endocrinologist has helped develop a vaginal ring that would prevent conception and transmission of HIV infection, by releasing multiple types of non-hormonal agents and microbicides.

Worldwide, there are about five million new infections and three million deaths every year caused by HIV/AIDS alone.

If proven successful in future clinical trials, the vaginal ring could empower women to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

The ring may also someday represent a novel method to prevent STDs for those with aversion to currently available methods, with hormonally derived active agents, or with allergies to latex condoms.

'This device is a new approach to birth control, because it avoids the long-term use of hormonal methods that have been associated with increased risk of certain cancers,' said Brij Saxena, study co-author and professor of reproductive biology and endocrinology at Weill Cornell Medical College -.

'At the same time, this is the first device to simultaneously offer the possibility to prevent unintended pregnancy and HIV transmission,' said Saxena, who did his B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D from Lucknow University - in 1949, 1951 and 1954, respectively.

'No one has ever conquered a viral epidemic with treatment, so prevention is the most effective option. Ideally, an HIV vaccine is the most desirable method, but that is not foreseeable in the near future,' explained Jeffrey Laurence, study co-author and physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/WCMC.

'The next best thing would be something that would prevent infection and put the power in the susceptible female partner's control. That's the potential a device such as this can offer.'

The vaginally inserted ring is incorporated with multiple antiviral drugs that prevent HIV infection and are time-released over a period up to 28 days, said a WCMC release.

'The compounds in the device are natural materials that are already approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in humans,' explained Saxena.

The results were published recently in AIDS.

Advertise in this space for $10 per month. Contact us today.

Related Doctors News
Doctor arrested for rape in Delhi
Indian doctors in Britain fail key exams
Indian doctor kills self after parents reject British fiancee
Indian-American doctor couple killed in Ohio plane crash
Administrative lapses led to doctor's lynching: Nitish
Siddhartha Mukherjee won Pulitzer for his book on Cancer
Britain to grant 20,000 visas to Indian workers annually
Doctors need to develop their skill to improve healthcare
Medical Council ponders common entrance exam for budding doctors
Study to Understand Health, Stress and Work-related Issues of Physicians of Indian Origin

Subscribe to Doctors Newsletter

Enter your email address:

For any corrections of factual information, to contact the editors or to send any medical news or health news press releases, use feedback form

Top of Page

Contact us

RxPG Online



    Full Text RSS

© All rights reserved by RxPG Medical Solutions Private Limited (India)