Sunday, February 27, 2011

Study finds most lubricants damage rectal cells and some increase HIV activity

via Aidsmap, by Gus Cairns

A study by the Population Council (Begay 2011) has found that every one of a panel of 41 commercially-available sexual lubricants for sale in the USA damaged human rectal and colonic cells in the test tube and compromised the integrity of the single-cell layer that forms the surface of the rectum.

In contrast Carraguard, a gel formerly tried as an experimental microbicide, did not damage cells

Unexpectedly, the investigators found that four of the lubricants not only damaged the rectal lining cells but appeared actively to increase HIV replication in the cell cultures.

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