Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
Several months back I published an article about Canadian scientists who tested a new condom impregnated with nanosilver, and found that the silver gave the condoms remarkable infection-fighting capabilities against HIV and the Herpes simplex virus in lab experiments.
Now, research from the University of Texas in collaboration with the University of Monterrey in Mexico, has demonstrated that a new vaginal cream containing silver nanoparticles can block HIV transmission.
According to an article on Medical News Today:
"Humberto Lara Villegas, of the University of Monterrey and co-author of the study, says that in order for HIV to infect immune cells of its host, a protein called GP120 helps the virus bond to the cells.
He explains that the silver nanoparticles attach themselves to the GP120 protein and block it, meaning HIV is unable to infect immune cells.
Commenting on the creation, Lara Villegas says:
'Normally, the medication used against the virus act within the cell to avoid its replication. This is a very different case, given that the nanoparticle goes directly against the HIV and no longer allows its entry to the cell.'"
The researchers claim the new cream "has been tested in the laboratory using human tissue samples of cervical mucous membrane. It was found to effectively block HIV transmission."
In other words, when the cells were pre-inoculated with the same nanosilver used in the cream, the virus that causes AIDS could not enter the cells in order to cause infection.
This research is at least faintly reminiscent of the 2008 Department of Defense study titled "Silver Nanoparticles Neutralize Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses," in which researchers discovered that cells pre-inoculated with nanosilver were protected from infection by the Ebola virus (see here).
According to Medical News Today:
"Lara Villegas notes that the cream works in less than 1 minute following application and is protective against virus transmission for up to 72 hours.
The researchers say although the cream is for vaginal use, the sexual partner will also be protected against the virus."
Dr. Villegas says the next steps will be animal studies, before the researchers move on to human clinical trials.
They speculate that the cream might also protect against Human Pappilloma Virus and other sexually transmitted diseases of a viral nature.
While the new nanosilver cream has not yet made it to human trials, and is not available commercially, there are a number of other colloidal silver gels and creams on the market.
Whether or not existing products would provide any level of protection against HIV during sex is unknown, but here's an interesting article titled Germ-Busting Colloidal Silver Gels and Creams detailing some of the most popular brands of colloidal silver gels and creams.
Is Silver Effective Against Other Viruses?
Of course, while silver isn't effective against every virus in the world, it's been demonstrated to be quite effective against many serious and debilitating viruses.
See the Colloidal Silver Kills Viruses website for more detailed information on silver's powerful antiviral qualities.
Or see some of the clinical studies posted to TheSilverEdge.com website, such as the ones at the following links:
As you can clearly see, antimicrobial silver has repeatedly been demonstrated to stop numerous forms of viruses dead in their tracks.
In this Age of Strange Diseases in which we now live, it's more important than ever to have quick access to antimicrobial silver whenever you need it.