Malawi women trial new HIV prevention ring


With HIV infection rates continuing to grow in the southern African country of Malawi, the women have decided that something needs to be done.

As a result, a number of women have signed up to trial a new aid designed to prevent the transmission of HIV.

The device is a silicon ring containing HIV-prevention drugs which is inserted into the vagina. Women can keep it a secret from their partners as their partners are unable to feel it.

Despite condoms being readily available as a measure prevent HIV transmission, the women say that many men refuse to use them.

With this device, the women say they can do something to protect themselves.

It must be noted that the ring is not being touted as a miracle device, as studies have found that only one in three women using it are actually protected.

But according to official statistics, more than 7000 new infections are recorded in women living in sub-Saharan Africa.

"If you consider the proportions of the epidemic in our community, if you can reduce the risk for every one out of three women, that can really make a difference," Dr Annalene Nel explains.

The ring costs $7 and needs to be replaced every month.