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Why not reuse FC?
Dec 21, 2005

Please don't parrot FDA or CDC advisories and guidelines in your response to this question. For 20 years, I have worked with poor women who need but can't afford polyurethane FCs. They often can't get free samples because of their expense to nonprofit ASOs and CBOs. I have heard that sex workers often carefully wash out their FCs and reuse them days later. So my question: If an FC were thoroughly rinsed, carefuly washed, patted dry, coated with new oil-based lubricant and used again a week after vaginal intercourse, isn't it possible that these women would still have significant protection against STIs (including HIV)?

Thank you for your thoughtful response!

Response from Dr. Frascino

This forum is dedicated to HIV-positive folks, particularly those who have concerns related to fatigue and/or anemia. Questions related to HIV transmission, prevention, safer sex, HIV testing and risk should be sent to Dr. Bob at his "Safe Sex and HIV Prevention" expert forum. Please resubmit your question there using the same title and add the phrase, "resubmitted form the Fatigue and Anemia Forum." Thank you.

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