Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Study Authors Call for More Testing of Personal Lubricant Safety

via, by Cory Silverberg

Last May two studies were released that got a lot of attention for pointing out the potential role personal lubricants might play in STD transmission during anal intercourse. Specifically, lab studies raised the possibility that lubricant could actually make transmission easier by irritating the rectal lining.

The work was supported by the interdisciplinary group, International Rectal Microbicide Advocates, who have been doing their best to help researchers and health care providers contextualize the findings so they are neither blown out of proportion, nor cast aside as irrelevant.

This week more findings were published in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses. Researchers studied forty-one brands of lubricants (taken from the IRMA list of most frequently used lubricants), looking for any anti-HIV-1 activity, toxicity, and essentially the salt content of lubricants that could contribute to damage at the cellular level.
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[If an item is not written by an IRMA member, it should not be construed that IRMA has taken a position on the article's content, whether in support or in opposition.]

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