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A Novel Female-Controlled Antiviral Contraceptive

Renjie Chang of Lavax in the U.S. will develop and test a vaginal suppository that uses a strain of commensal bacteria which has the ability to immobilize sperm and capture viruses. If successful, the bacteria could be used as a reversible contraceptive that also affords protection against viruses such as HIV and herpes.

More information about Create New Technologies for Contraception (Round 5)

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