New Intravaginal Ring That Prevents HIV And Pregnancy

March 12, 2014

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Seen here in arguably the most awkward product shot for a vagina ring that I've ever seen, Northwestern University biomedical engineer Patrick Kiser pretends it's a magnifying glass. The new intravaginal ring is allegedly capable of preventing HIV, herpes AND pregnancy for 90 days. For reference, that's exactly 89 days and 23 hours longer than you should wear a condom.

The easy-to-use ring delivers controlled doses of tenofovir (a common antiretroviral drug) and levonorgestrel (a contraceptive) for 90 days. The rings are being manufactured now, and the device soon will undergo its first test in women.


It will be the first device with the potential to offer this protection to be tested in women.

"I suspect women will use the ring primarily for contraception, but they also will benefit from protection against sexually transmitted diseases," said Kiser, an expert in intravaginal drug delivery. "And for women in the developing world in particular, unwanted pregnancy can have significant health, economic and cultural consequences. We want to motivate women to use this ring."

Sounds promising, I just hope there aren't any serious side effects. Because one time I had a girlfriend who got on this new birth control and the hormones were NOT working out for her. And apparently I wasn't either, because she left me within the month. Fun fact: I have never gotten a girl pregnant before. "It's easy when you're a virgin!" Whatever, I have done the sex before. I could draw a vagina from memory.

Thanks to neolardo, who's just happy to see they didn't make it the shape of a ninja star.

  • Prometheus

    This is terrible. Just the regular contraceptive rings were bad enough. Every time I would find that I some how managed to remove the ring during sex.

  • An hour GW? Come on. You leave the condom on during breakfast too?

  • Bro Jones

    what about protection from stds for guys wtf

  • Matthew Anderson

    Just wear one 'round you cock for three months!
    Should work, right?

    Also: "expert in intravaginal drug delivery"... Bwahahaha

  • Andrew Newton

    you can still buy condoms

  • Littletroubleshooter

    OHHH WONDERFUL, we've created a device that will effectively turn women into a breeding ground for a new form of AID's that is resistant to Tenofovir. YAY SCIENCE!

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Yep, the miracle of natural selection, and I still think no medical solution is a better bet than a physical barrier.

  • Konstantin

    Hm. Should one go with barrier protection that's something like 80% effective, at best, against HIV or an anti-retroviral delivery system that can be as much as 99% effective? That's a tough one. I'll have to think about it.

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