December 2001/January 2002
But a lot more research still needs to be done. Similar findings were reported about Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) some years back and subsequent studies in humans proved that N-9 actually increased the risk of HIV transmission.
What UTMB has learned so far is that three lubricants -- Astroglide, Vagisil and ViAmor -- have significant abilities to kill HIV in test tubes. Unlike N-9, these lubricants do not have the irritating effects inside the vagina and the rectum, which caused N-9 to increase the risk of HIV infection.
Researchers warn that lubricants should not be used as the sole protection against HIV transmission. Lubricants should always be used with a condom.
Findings of this study can be found in the July 20 issue of AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.