provide protection against AIDS and act as contraceptive: Aussies
The Borneo Post - Saturday, 12 October, 2002
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Australian scientists believe they have rediscovered an effective use for
lemon juice - as a contraceptive and also a killer of the AIDS virus.
Reproductive physiologist Roger Short, from the University of
Melbourne's obstetrics department. said a few drops of lemon juice can be
a cheap. easy-to use solution to protect women from both HIV and
pregnancy. The juice should be squeezed onto a piece of sponge or cotton
wool and placed into the vagina before sex, he said. "We can show in
the lab that
juice is very effective in immobilizing human sperm and also very
effective in killing HIV," Short told Australian Broadcasting Corp
television in a science programme to be shown later on Thursday.
said lime juice, which has similar acid levels, can also be used, with both
fruits often freely available in poor countries where contraception is
hard to come by.
said laboratory tests found not only does lemon juice kill sperm, it also
kills the AIDS virus itself. Short said using lemon juice as a
was not a new idea but it had fallen by the wayside over the years.
The ancient douche-style contraceptive
was encouraged by such luminaries as Casanova, renowned for his