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CAN HIV/AIDS VIRUS PASS THROUGH CONDOMS
Jan 13, 2002

I was taught that the HIV/Aids virus it self is much smaller then the pores in condoms, and that the virus can and will pass through the pores. Is this true, because, I have been searching the internet for this infomation and haven't found it.

Response from Mr. Kull

What you have heard is popular myth about HIV and condoms. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that the pores in latex and polyurethane condoms are too small for HIV and many other STD-related viruses and bacteria. Some laboratory studies have shown that some viruses, like HIV, hepatitis, and herpes, can pass through pores in natural membrane condoms (like lambskin). Natural membrane condoms are not recommended for disease prevention.

Human studies have also demonstrated that latex condoms are extremely effective in preventing HIV transmission. Latex condoms are also very effective in preventing the transmission of many, but not all, sexually transmitted diseases.

Latex and polyurethane condoms are superior to lambskin in preventing the transmission of STDs. Latex or polyurethane condoms should be used each and every time you have sex. If you use latex condoms, only use water-based lubricants, since oil-based ones can reduce the condom's effectiveness.

See the "HIV Prevention Basics" (http://www.thebody.com/safesex/basics.html) for more info.

RMK



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