(TELEGRAPH) — A new make of condom capable of “killing” sexually transmitted diseases has been approved by Australian regulators.

The prophylactics, which are expected to be released in a couple of months, use an antiviral nanotech compound called VivaGel to deactivate a range of STDs including HIV, herpes and human papilloma virus.

Although condoms protect against the spread of STDs, this would be the first that actively kills them.

Dr Jackie Fairley, the chief executive of the company which created VivaGel, said: “Condoms are not 100 per cent effective in preventing either pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections and so anything that you can do to reduce the number of virus particles by inactivating them with a substance like VivaGel would reduce overall viral load.”

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