HIV VAGINAL RING

A vaginal ring has moved one step closer to becoming a new HIV prevention method for women in sub-Saharan Africa. This comes after the Europe's regulatory body gave the dapivirine vaginal ring the green light. The vaginal ring - which contains an antiretroviral dapivirine - releases the antiretroviral over a period of a month, showed that it reduces chances of HIV transmission by 35 percent in women. The authorisation allows the International Partnership for Microbicides, the manufacturers of the vaginal ring, to obtain approvals for the ring to be used in countries where it is needed the most including in South Africa. Thabile Mbhele reports...