McGill studies HPV transmission among gay and bisexual men

Published: December 13, 2014

Richard Burnett
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A new lubricant may be the key to preventing HPV transmission during sex.

A year-old study done by McGill University’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology that tested a way of preventing the transmission of human papillomavirus (HPV) during sex has paved the way for a new McGill study on preventing the transmission of HPV among men who have sex with men.

The first study — called CATCH, an acronym for Carrageenan-Gel Against Transmission of Cervical HPV — is a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial involving more than 450 women. Each woman receives either an active gel, containing a sea algae extract called carrageenan, or a placebo gel. Dr Eduardo Franco, director of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology, leads the research team.

While the HPV vaccine Gardasil protects against only four strains of the virus, Franco says the carrageenan-based lubricant can provide total protection from HPV.

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