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Intravaginal CuPCS to Prevent Sexual Transmission of HIV

Ashley Styczynski of the University of Illinois in the U.S. is investigating the use of a copper-based compound as a microbicide to prevent HIV infection through sexual transmission. A ring will be made with the organic molecule CuPCS to maintain the efficacy of the copper anti-HIV properties without disturbing beneficial vaginal bacteria.

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