World’s first anti-HIV gel enters trial phase

Dr Peter Gichuhi Mwethera, director of Medical Africa Limited, in 2017. He is the primary inventor of the gel. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • UniPron has been found to not only act against HIV but can also be used to protect against pregnancy by killing sperms and as a lubricant.
  • If the human trials are successful, Kenya could be the first country in the world to put an effective anti-HIV microbicide in the market.
  • UniPron, explains Dr Mwethera, the primary inventor, has lemon juice and other elements.
  • The same acidic levels do not allow sperm to survive, hence its ability as a contraceptive.

A gel developed in Kenya that can kill the Aids-causing virus is entering a critical trial phase, with at least Sh200 million spent on it in the past 11 years.

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