April #80 : Pass the Lube - by Tim Murphy

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April 2002

Pass the Lube

by Tim Murphy

The makers of Astroglide, Vagisil and ViAmor may not want to market their lubricants as the barebacker's brands, but they could. When recent University of Texas test-tube studies added HIV to 22 brands of lubricant, these three killed HIV fastest -- and well before the 30 minutes it takes for the virus to penetrate mucosal surface cells. Meantime, Johns Hopkins researchers recently cut HIV transmission in mice by 95 percent with a chemical called beta-CD, a water-soluble carbohydrate used as a food additive. They also plan to study the anti-HIV power of BufferGel, a nondetergent spermicide that increases vaginal acidity without killing "good" bacteria. All this could mean better HIV protection for condom-cussin' lovers, but until human trials, such compounds merely promise risk reduction. For now, Slick Willie wannabes best keep baggin' it.

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