Initial studies of a new type of vaginal gel has been encouraging to researchers, as the AIDS virus has been blocked in monkey studies from a commonly used ingredient used in cosmetics.

The gel is named glycerol monolaurate or GML, and is already approved by the FDA for use.

When experimenting with five rhesus macaque monkeys, results were that no immediate signs of AIDS were seen in the monkeys after being treated with GML. One monkey did have symptoms of the disease several months later.

It’s thought that GML will be most effective when used as a “cocktail” as in other agents used to battle AIDS.