Young girls, especially those who live in areas where HIV is epidemic, like sub-Saharan Africa, are particularly vulnerable to becoming infected with HIV. A vaginal ring containing the antiviral agent dapivirine has been shown to decrease the chance of developing HIV-1 in adult women over 21 and now in the first step for use in adolescents, the ring has been shown to be safe and well-tolerated in that younger age group.

“HIV doesn’t distinguish between a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old,” study author Sharon Hillier said in a press release. “Access to safe and effective HIV prevention shouldn’t… more

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