Lack of use by trial participants at least partly to blame for failure.
Researchers were hopeful that a late-stage AIDS defense would come through, but a test on 6,000 South African women proved fruitless. The gel (Carraguard) was the newest weapon in the fight against the immunodeficiency virus. The results were undermined by a lack of discipline on the part of the participants. Only 10% of the women claim to have used the gel every time that they had sex. The good news is that the gel proved safe to use, with no one suffering side effects from it.
Alternative prophylactics are considered a ‘holy grail’ in certain AIDS-ridden countries, particularly when men can’t be cajoled into using condoms. The infection rates of the placebo group vs. the test group were comparable. The good news is that because of the counseling they received that condom use increased dramatically amongst both groups (from 33% to 64%). The New York-based Population Counsel is planning on or starting other tests using Carraguard in conjunction with a birth control agent and with an experimental AIDS drug (MIV-150).
We’re at a bit of a loss about what jokes to make here. Pretty much the only successful AIDS joke has been the send-up of Rent in Team America: World Police. So all we can say is that it imperative that we get cable TV and decent quality computer porn to Africa, pronto. These guys need alternatives to screwing. In the mean time, let’s hope that these drugs get more effective.