Is new gel a breakthrough in the fight against AIDS?

Unfortunately no cure yet but researchers have invented a vaginal gel that cuts infection rate by up to 50%. It may not be a vaccine or a cure but it is a big step forward. Using condoms is the most effective of combating the spread of HIV and AIDS however this is reliant upon the men rather than women. This means that this gel is the first time women have had a chance to prevent infection without needing men to be involved. Is this a breakthrough?

Is new gel a breakthrough in the fight against AIDS?

Yes because... No because...

This gel will only help women

The uses of education and drugs are not mutually exclusive. We can do both. Efforts to change the mindsets of large African populations are underway; meanwhile using gels or condoms in the short run before a cultural revolution; should be on the table.

While people are not being cautious about early marriages to diseased men(and cultural revolution takes time when pushed non-violently); at least with the availability of the gel,their wives can protect themselves to an extent?

When Uncircumcised men are at the greatest risk.
The reason that African Women are more susceptible to contracting H.I.V is because female circumcisions are practiced in the country.[[http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/2313097.html]]

While male circumcisions help avert infection; female circumcisions make it more likely.
Instead of introducing vaginal gels which are only effective half the time; female circumcisions should be stopped/curbed.

African culture also means that infected men who may be carriers or A.I.D.S victims themselves get hundreds of wives. This again should be stopped. Dependence on a half-effective(surely expensive) gel is not the answer, not now and not in the long run. Especially since men wearing condoms, protect women from infection at a proportionately higher rate than the gel does.

Is new gel a breakthrough in the fight against AIDS?

Yes because... No because...

The female condom which reduces risk at a higher level than this gel

never gained momentum in terms of sales/marketability.
[[http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jB265VPXYXHdqVDg9u3lfTqlmulA]]

Perhaps in lieu of selling a less effective new product; the campaign for selling female condoms(just as effective as male condoms) should be recuperated/rejuvenated/reborn.

Is new gel a breakthrough in the fight against AIDS?

Yes because... No because...

The female condom which reduces risk at a higher level than this gel

never gained momentum in terms of sales/marketability.
[[http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jB265VPXYXHdqVDg9u3lfTqlmulA]]

Perhaps in lieu of selling a less effective new product; the campaign for selling female condoms(just as effective as male condoms) should be recuperated/rejuvenated/reborn.

Is new gel a breakthrough in the fight against AIDS?

Yes because... No because...

Not the first time women can proactively defend (themselves) against A.I.D.S

Something is better than nothing. The fact that the female condom did not fare well in the African market does not entail that the gel will not either.

Perhaps what dissuades women from wearing condoms is that they are uncomfortable or ugly. These issues will not arise with the use of a translucent gel.

Lucie van Mens, coordinator of another pressure group, Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC)

"The female condom has been available for 15 years and for 15 years it has been joked about

So while the gel is new; condoms that women could use for themselves have been available for 15 years and since that campaign came to nothing ; there is no reason for the gel campaign to work.

Unless we change minds; address the cultural problem at the grass-root level these efforts are pointless.
Parents need to stop marrying their girls to H.I.V infected men just because they have money.
The treatment of H.I.V as a mere myth needs to be aggressively addressed. Rather than selling mediocre drugs for pharmaceutical giants.

Debates > Is new gel a breakthrough in the fight against AIDS?