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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Aspirin Coating Kills HIV, Could Block Sexual Diseases
Sternberg, Steve
July 19, 1999
USA Today (07/19/99) P. 1D

Researchers have found a chemical that may protect women from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The investigators, who reported their findings in the journal Biologicals, found that cellulose acetate phthalate, a chemical that coats aspirin and other over-the-counter drugs, "completely kills HIV, herpes viruses, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomonas, and chancroid" in lab tests, according to Robert Neurath of the New York Blood Center. Neurath also noted that the chemical does not harm natural, beneficial vaginal microbes.