An Australian pharmaceutical company named Starpharma Holdings Ltd said that it is teaming up with the world number two condom maker; Ansell Ltd in order to supply what should be Zika virus-proof condoms (anti-zika condoms) to the Australian Olympic team ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games.
Accordint to them, they will be giving the Australian athletes Ansell “Dual Protect” condoms lubricated with Starpharma’s VivaGel product. the product they claim, recently showed near-total antiviral protection against Zika and other viruses in laboratory studies. Starpharma Chief Executive Officer Jackie Fairley in a statement said;
“Given sexual transmission of Zika virus is of increasing importance, the potent activity of Starpharma’s VivaGel against Zika could prove very significant,”
Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said the anti-zika condoms would be shipped in addition to condoms already sent ahead to the Olympic village. The Olympic village apparently has a free condom dispensing machine on every block, which will supply up to 350,000 male condoms and 100,000 female condoms to athletes.
This was after they released a statement dismissing calls for athletes returning from Rio to undergo compulsory blood testing. the statement gave their opinion that, people who follow the recommended precautions have a low risk of Zika and blanket testing “is not aligned with medical or scientific best practice,”.
Brazil which is hosting this years Olympic games along with a hot political climate with the recent suspension of their President, also has to contend with fears of the Zika virus which has now been proven transmittable even through sexual intercourse. The Zika virus causes pregnant women who are infected by it to give birth to children with microcephaly which is a neurological condition whereby babies develop small heads