An Australian biotech firm has developed a gel for condoms that fights sexually transmitted diseases, proven effective in killing 99.9% of viruses

A condom that can kill off most sexually transmitted viruses, including HIV, herpes and HPV is one step closer to coming to market.

The condom, which will be manufactured by Australian prophylactic company, Ansell, is laced with VivaGel lubricant – a unique antimicrobial agent developed by Starpharma, an Australian bio-tech firm. The solution has been shown to inactivate up to 99.9% of viruses including the viruses that commonly cause sexually transmitted infections.

Recently, Starpharma received Conformity Assessment Certification for the VivaGel condom by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration – which is similar to receiving FDA approval in the US. This means that the condom could begin to be manufactured in a matter of months.

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