The organization is also in the early phases of a quick-dissolving Tenofovir vaginal pill, and a vaginal gel.
In 20 years, we could see the ultimate “girl power” gel that protects against almost everything. Polyphenylene carboxymethylene (PPCM for short) is still in preclinical trials, but it would prevent HIV, herpes, HPV, AND pregnancy while showing promise against chlamydia and gonorrhea eventually too. It’s a highly charged polymer that’s being developed to block viruses from attaching to host cells that should be available by 2022.
“Right now we don’t have anything that prevents gonorrhea and chlamydia, except for the antibiotics that treat them,” says gynecologist James. “Herpes also isn’t fully protected by condoms either. It’s very empowering, for women especially. Condoms are a product that’s placed on the male partner, so this can be a welcome opportunity for women to take control of their protection.”