Malawi women using secret vagina ring that helps protect from getting HIV

Malawi women are said to be  using  secret ring that they  insert into their vagina used  as preventive measure to help stop the spread of HIV from their partners who they suspect of cheating or who refuse to wear a condom.

It’s safe women, put a vaginal ring on it

Coated in experimental medication dapivirine, an antiretroviral drug, the ring fits high up inside the vagina, prevents the virus being contracted and is effective for a month.

Men in the country have many sexual partners and cultural practices make it hard for women to negotiate safe sex – and is a major reason why HIV infection is so high. At least 10 percent of the population has HIV and it is hoped the ring, which men reportedly cannot feel, will help stop the spread in secret.

Nurse and midwife Agnes Malema told the BBC: ‘THe HIV in Malawi was really bad. Our wards were full. I can say the whole nation was sick. Everybody has been involved, everybody has lost loved ones. ‘Normally in our culture negotiating sex with a partner is rather difficult, especially the partner putting on a condom. It’s really a challenge.’

There are currently one million people in Malawi living with the disease and last year there were 24,000 AIDS-related deaths, according to The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).

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Can it also prevent the woman from spreading it. More women have HIV than men in Malawi, am I right?


I welcome this development. Big up scientists! We will slowly get there!


Useless invention,,how effective is it?? This could be another useless invention like the female condom,, and when u say men in the country have many different sexual partners,wats the impression?.This is as equally as saying women in the country have many sexual partners.


I urge medical research scientists to invent something similar to anti HIV vagina ring which men can put around the glans penis before penetrating the vagina.This device would prevent men from contracting HIV/AIDS from infected women.

Vincent Kammanya

Don’t use it secretly be open that’s the way to go


Truly the virus has brought great suffering to the pipo of Malawi. Every family has been affected. The country too spends trillions fighting the scourge. Women please help us fight this thing in any way possible. In this fight the nation is bleeding heavily. Let’s all be responsible,together we can win this battle. Don’t legalise prostitution

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