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
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...