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A nipple shield that prevents HIV

23rd September 2008

A chemical engineer from Cambridge has developed a nipple shield designed to be used by breastfeeding women who have HIV.

The shield contains a chemical which deactivates the HIV virus through the use of a detergent. Mr Gerrard said the device could be used in other ways: "We're considering marketing it as a way to deliver medicines or micronutrient supplements to aid breastfeeding. For example, they can also be used for iron or iodine deficiency."

 

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