Australian Olympians to be given Zika virus-proof condoms at Rio Games

Fears over spread of virus at the 2016 Olympics prompt collaboration to provide sexually active Australian athletes with near-total protection

Australian pharmaceutical company Starpharma Holdings Ltd said it is teaming up with globe No2 prophylactic maker Ansell Ltd to provide Zika virus-proof condoms to the Australian Olympic team ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro video games.

Starpharma claimed it is providing the Australian athletes Ansell Dual Secure condoms lubricated with Starpharmas VivaGel item, which it lately stated showed near-total antiviral security versus Zika as well as various other infections in lab researches.

Given sex-related transmission of Zika virus is of enhancing relevance, the powerful task of Starpharmas VivaGel against Zika can verify extremely substantial, said Starpharma chief executive officer Jackie Fairley.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said the Starpharma condoms would certainly remain in addition to condoms already delivered to the Olympic town, which will certainly likewise have cost-free dispensing machines on every block supplying 350,000 male condoms and 100,000 female prophylactics to professional athletes.

The AOC dismissed ideas that athletes returning from Rio ought to undertake obligatory blood screening. Individuals that adhere to the advised precautions have a low danger of Zika and also blanket screening is not aligned with medical or scientific best technique, it stated in a declaration.

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