You Don’t Need Special Anti-Zika Condoms
If you once heard of the anti zika condom? When the Australian Olympic team arrives in Rio de Janeiro this summer, they will be armed with extra-special anti-Zika condoms, courtesy of Australian pharmaceutical company Starpharma’s condom manufacturer Ansell, Reuters reports. The condoms will be lubricated with a lubricants product called VivaGel, which Starpharma claims shows “near-complete antiviral protection” against Zika. So should the Australian athletes bring enough of these special condoms to share? That will not be necessary, according to several experts. “There is no evidence that addition of an anti-infective alters the effectiveness of condoms, whether it improves them or makes them less effective,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Benjamin N. Haynes said in an email to Slate.