The AIDS-Fighting Tampon
Friday, December 5, 2014
An electrically charged fabric makes for a quick-dissolving delivery vessel for drugs that kill HIV.
But the virus is actually becoming more prevalent among adolescents—particularly adolescent girls. In many African nations, teen girls are two or three times more likely to contract HIV than boys are, according to UNICEF.
One reason is that girls in some African nations are pressured into early sexual debut and early marriage. That, combined with low rates of condom use and the possibility of multiple sex partners, increases their potential for HIV exposure over time.
And it’s not just a problem facing African women: In the U.S., 84 percent of women diagnosed with HIV get it through heterosexual sex.
- Health Care