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McGill University Launches a Major New Study on HPV Prevention Using Divine 9 Personal Lubricants with Carragel
Date:1/7/2013

agent for cervical cancer.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control considers HPV the most common sexually transmitted disease and estimates at least 20 million Americans are currently infected with the virus. Worldwide, approximately 257 million women are infected with HPV according to the World Health Organization.

While most HPV infections are cleared by the body naturally, those that do not can cause cancers of the cervix, anus, vulva, vagina, penis, tongue, tonsils and throat. Virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by persistent infections by specific types of HPV. The World Health Organization lists cervical cancer as the second-leading cause of female cancer fatalities worldwide, accounting for more than 250,000 deaths each year. More than 85 percent of these cases occur in developing countries. In addition to the cancer concerns, certain types of HPV cause genital warts on both men and women.

“To date, the options to fight the spread of HPV have been limited," explained Michael Swor, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Divine Corporation. "Vaccines do not provide protection for women already infected by HPV and only work against either two or four of the more than one hundred HPV types, depending on which of the two available vaccines are used.”

A research team at the National Cancer Institute has conducted both in vitro (laboratory) and in vivo (animal) studies and found Divine 9 was highly effective in inhibiting infection rates. The possibility that Divine 9 with Carragel, applied before sexual contact, can block the transmission of HPV would be a breakthrough with worldwide medical significance. As a result, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research is funding Dr. Franco and his team to complete the CATCH study.

The CATCH study will recruit 465 female volunteers and each will be supplied with either Divine 9 personal lubricant or a placebo lubricant. The volunteers will use the personal lubr
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