The Invisible Condom: A New Gel to Protect Against STDS, Josie Glausiusz, Discover
Canadian scientist Michel Bergeron hopes that his latest project
will save lives. He's developed a gel that kills STDs such as HIV.
Though his gel doesn't protect against pregnancy, Bergeron thinks
that the product he terms the 'invisible condom' could help women
protect themselves from venereal diseases. Josie Glausiusz writes
in Discover magazine that one of the best features of
the gel is the low cost of the ingredients. The microbe-killing
agent called sodium lauryl sulfate is a chemical relative of a
compound found in coconut oil. It is commonly used in shampoo.
Bergeron tells Glausiusz, 'Every fifteen seconds, there's a new
case of HIV throughout the world. So if it [the gel] works, it will
save millions of lives every year. If we're successful in this,
that would be for me the dream of my life'