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Saran Wrap
Dec 1, 2000

Many resources suggest that saran wrap is a good idea to use as protection during oral/vaginal or oral/anal sex, but I have never seen any studies that document that plastic wrap prevents transmission of STIs. So...how do we know if it works? I teach sex ed to people and I don't want to give inaccurate information. Thanks

Response from Mr. Kull

I am not aware of any studies that have examined the effectiveness of plastic/Saran wrap in preventing the transmission of HIV when used during oral-genital contact. The CDC states that the FDA has not evaluated or approved ANY barrier methods for oral sex.

A latex condom does serve as an effective barrier to HIV in laboratory studies. So we can assume that latex used during oral-genital would be effective. Most safer sex organizations, including the CDC, say that plastic wrap can be used (it doesn't make a difference if it is microwaveable!) for oral-genital contact because it would minimize the amount of fluids coming into contact with the mouth.

You can present the plastic wrap information to students with this caveat: plastic wrap probably works, is better than not using a barrier at all, and has not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Give them the whole story, which can empower them to make their own decisions.

RMK



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