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WESTPORT, Mar 18 (Reuters)
About one third of the latex gloves on the market are permeable to viruses the size of HIV, attendees of the 52nd annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology heard Saturday.

Latex Gloves Less Virus-Resistant Than Previously Thought...

Investigators at the Medical College of Wisconsin say that viruses the size of the human immunodeficiency virus are small enough to pass through the pores of about one third of the latex gloves that are on the market, and that the problem is aggravated when the gloves become wet. "We showed that the gloves may not be as effective in preventing the virus from going through when the gloves become hydrated, and that gloves from different manufacturers have different properties when hydrated," said Dr. Viswanath Kurup.

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