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| February 25, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Michael Purdy
BufferGel fights Sperm and Germs
Microbicide Enters Clinical Trials
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University
and ReProtect LLC have developed
a gel that may help both block the spread of sexually transmitted diseases
and reduce unwanted pregnancies.
The compound, known as BufferGel,
is currently in advanced clinical trials for its ability to prevent pregnancy.
Trials of its ability to block HIV transmission are scheduled to be under
When applied vaginally prior to intercourse, BufferGel maintains vaginal
acidity at its normal levels, which can kill both sperm and many germs.
To learn more about this research, watch a short video news release on
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A press release on BufferGel is online at http://www.jhu.edu/news_info/news/home02/jan02/germs.html
Note: Professor Richard Cone is a part-owner of ReProtect LLC.
His financial interests in this research are being managed by the Johns
Hopkins University in accordance with its conflict-of- interest policies.
The clinical trials are funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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