Huge step forward: this implant can prevent HIV

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Huge step forward: this implant can prevent HIV

Once the skin implant is removed after 12 weeks, the preventative drug stays in the body for a year

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New research presented at the International Aids Society conference in Mexico City shows that a skin implant worn for 12 weeks could prevent people from contracting HIV –even during unprotected sex.

Once the implant is removed after 12 weeks, the drug, called MK-8591, stays in the body for a year and continues to protect the person from HIV for a year, scientists believe.

These implants are being trialled to release slow-acting antiretroviral drugs gradually and offer protection from HIV...

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