San Francisco Supervisor Mark Leno on Tuesday requested legislation that would ban the sale of sexual lubricants containing nonoxynol-9 in the city. Recent studies by the CDC and World Health Organization found the disinfectant could increase the risk of contracting HIV. The ingredient was originally thought to reduce the risk of HIV, but CDC studies found just the opposite. The nonoxynol-9 lubricants "are a danger to public health and should be banned as soon as possible," Leno said.
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