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Call for N-9 removal

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Coalition of more than 85 scientists, health groups is pushing for condom, sexual lubricant manufacturers to voluntarily remove nonoxynol-9 from products due to spermicide's potential to increase STD risk when used rectally. Global Campaign for Microbicides, which is spearheading the 1N-9 initiative, notes several firms have agreed to reformulate; Mayer Labs will relaunch Aqua-Lube Plus sexual lubricant and Kimono condoms without N-9 in 2003. However, coalition says three largest condom manufacturers - Church & Dwight (Trojan), Ansell (Lifestyles) and SSL International (Durex) - have refused, noting N-9 lubrication on condoms provides women with back-up protection against pregnancy. Group also is encouraging retailers to voluntarily remove N-9 items from shelves. Call for action is based on recent WHO, CDC recommendations against N-9 use in certain populations (2"The Tan Sheet" July 8, 2002, p. 17)...
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