Feminine Bacteria Block Anti-HIV Vaginal Gel
Scientists state that finding HIV-preventative care for women is complicated by the peculiarities of feminine bacteria in flora, found by researchers in reproductive tract. Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh found some certain types of vaginal bacteria, that could break down the protective medication before it had time to work. That factor is important enough and it should be considered by the specialists who work on finding of new types of HIV-preventative care.
A gel containing tenofovir seemed to be helpful only for those women, who have “friendly” bacteria from the Lactobacillus family dominated in their reproductive system, thus, the gel helped nearly 60 percent of women to prevent HIV, but the other women still stay in risk.
“We have to look at biological variability in each person,” noted Nichole Klatt, microbiologist from the University of Washington, she is a part of the researchers, who made that study.