Scientists at the University of Washington have “developed a versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV. Electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers can dissolve to release drugs, providing a platform for cheap, discrete and reversible protection.”
Um. What? Basically, they have created nanofibers embedded with pre-existing drugs against HIV-1, HIV-2, and sperm. This technology is not new; scientist have used nanofibers for an array of functions but using them against STDs and pregnancy is a new endeavor. It’s an incredibly simple idea that could change the way we have sex in the future. Check out the video to learn how they’re made:
Theoretically, these stretchy microfabrics could be inserted into the vagina directly or on the surface of another device, such as a vaginal ring, and act as both a physical and chemical barrier. The real kicker is the fact that the nanofiber can release the drugs slowly, so the device could protect women against STIs for an extended period of time after insertion. The fibers have proven effective in the lab but no studies involving the human populous have been conducted yet.