New device that could stop women from getting HIV approved

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a new device that could give women a lot more control over their sexual health.

The drug is supposed to shield women from contracting HIV.

The “device” is a silicone ring worn inside the vagina that releases an antiretroviral drug called dapivirine.

Despite advances in treatment and prevention, HIV is still rampant across parts of the continent.

In east and southern Africa, more than 20 million people are living with the virus.

Young women are particularly at risk: they’re twice as likely as men to contract HIV.


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