According to researchers from Canada, condoms coated with tiny silver nanoparticles have the ability to kill HIV (i.e., AIDS virus) and Herpes simplex virus upon contact.
This, they say, helps make up for the fact that condoms on their own are only effective at stopping the spread of sexually transmitted diseases 85% of the time.
But by coating the condoms with silver nanoparticles, researchers are hoping to get closer to 100% inhibition of disease transmission.
Here’s what researchers have discovered, so far…
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Canadian researchers from the University of Manitoba have found that coating condoms with silver nanoparticles gives them remarkable infection-fighting qualities against HIV and the Herpes simplex virus in laboratory experiments.
In a clinical study published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine in 2012, the Canadian researchers explain that coating condoms with silver nanoparticles completely inactivated the infectivity of both HIV and Herpes simplex.
What’s more, the nanosilver-coated condoms inhibited the growth of bacterial and fungal microbes, as well.
The study authors stated, in part:
“Recent research suggests that today's condoms are only 85% effective in preventing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
In response, there has been a push to develop more effective ways of decreasing the spread of the disease.
The new nanotechnology-based condom holds the promise of being more potent than the first-generation products.
The preliminary goal of this study was to develop a silver nanoparticles-coated polyurethane condom (PUC) and to investigate its antimicrobial potential including the inactivation of HIV and herpes simplex virus (HSV) infectiousness…
So the researchers were looking for a way to increase the effectiveness of regular condoms (i.e., “first generation products”) against disease transmission, in particular, against the transmission of HIV and the Herpes simplex virus.
What Did the Researchers Discover?
But what did they find?
“…our results demonstrated that the contact of the Ag-NPs-coated polyurethane condom with HIV-1 and HSV-1/2 was able to efficiently inactivate their infectiousness…
Furthermore, we also showed that the Ag-NPs-coated polyurethane condom was able to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi.
These results demonstrated that the Ag-NPs-coated polyurethane condom is able to directly inactivate the microbe's infectious ability and provides another defense line against these sexually transmitted microbial infections…
…No significant toxic effects were observed when human HeLa cells, 293T and C8166 T cells were contacted to Ag-NPs-coated polyurethane condom for three hours.”
So there you have it.
It appears the use of silver-coated condoms would provide significant additional protection against the spread of sexually transmitted diseases – including viral, bacterial and fungal diseases.
And it would do so without any significant toxicity whatsoever.
As Canada’s National Post points out in an online article:
“Some condoms are now treated with an anti-microbial substance, called Nonoxynol-9.
Recent studies, though, have shown that N-9 can trigger inflammation and ulceration in the genitals, actually making infection more likely.
The silver nanoparticles do not cause inflammation.”
So the silver nanoparticle-coated condoms not only proved to be non-toxic, but had no other deleterious side effects, as well.
Tiny Particles Work Best!
According to the researchers, the secret to silver’s effectiveness against HIV and the Herpes simplex virus is in the size of the silver particles.
“When silver is turned into nano-sized bits, it seems to become more effective at combating bacteria and viruses,” said Dr. Xiaojian Yao, lead author of the study.
“At such nanoscale, the extremely small size of silver particles exhibits remarkable, unusual physio-chemical properties and biolgical activity,” he said.
Of course, it’s been known for decades that silver inactivates the ability of certain viruses to replicate.
For further documentation, see the Colloidal Silver Kills Viruses website, which contains a good overview of many of the studies demonstrating silver’s effectiveness against viruses.
Also, see my previous article on Colloidal Silver and Shingles, which sets forth the evidence for silver’s effectiveness against the herpes zoster virus.
To learn why smaller silver particles are always best when fighting infectious illness and disease, see the section titled “What’s So Darned Important About Silver Particle Size?” in the article at this link.
And if you’re interested in learning how to make your own high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver -- quickly and easily, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, and for less than 36 cents per quart -- just click the link in this sentence.
Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another great article on colloidal silver….
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual
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