Researchers at the University of Washington have developed tampons created from a special material that could represent a novel means of protection against HIV. The tampons are made out of a material that can carry medicine and dissolve it when it comes into contact with moisture.
The solubility, strength, and size of the material's fibers can be controlled, making it more versatile than other anti-HIV technologies.
The special electrospun material used to construct the tampons is capable of carrying large amounts of antiretroviral drugs used in HIV treatment, with minimal side effects. This material dissolves into the tampon and releases the material quickly. It is possible that tampons made out of this material could be used to treat a variety of conditions beyond HIV, including bacterial, fungal and viral infections.
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