Uses of Lemon or Lime Juice Douches in Women

Godwin E. Imade, Atiene S. Sagay, Viola A. Onwuliri, Daniel Z. Egah, Malcolm Potts, Roger V. Short
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The objective of this article is to describe the use of lemon/lime juice for douching by female sex workers and family planning clients in Jos, Nigeria. Over half the women believed that it protected them from pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections; they did not know their HIV status. Eighty-six percent would recommend it to others, and 71% would be willing to take part in a study to evaluate its safety and efficacy. Conclusion: Lemon and lime juice are widely used for douches among women at high risk of HIV transmission. There is an urgent need to determine whether or not this practice promotes or prevents HIV infections.

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