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Published On: Sat, Mar 15th, 2014

Northwestern U professor talks details about intravaginal ring device

Patrick F. Kiser Ph.D, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University discusses a device that could change women’s reproductive health in a significant way–an intravaginal ring that delivers antiviral protection against HIV and herpes and contraceptives to protect against pregnancy with Outbreak News This Week Radio show host Robert Herriman on the March 15 show.

Dr Patrick Kiser holding the IVR Image/Kiser Lab

Dr Patrick Kiser holding the IVR
Image/Kiser Lab

Read more about the study at PLoS ONE.

In a nutshell, Kiser and his team developed a ring, 5.5 centimeters in diameter and is easily inserted in the vagina and stays in place for three months.

The ring delivers controlled doses of tenofovir (a common antiretroviral drug) and levonorgestrel (a contraceptive) for 90 days.

A small Phase I clinical trial is set to commence this early summer, according to Dr Kiser.

Patrick Kiser is a faculty member in the department of biomedical engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Listen to more details about the device, the development and the engineering behind the intravaginal ring in the audio below:

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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  1. DOL says:

    Like a better longer lasting Nuva Ring.

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