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Polyurethane condoms
Dec 12, 2000

I am confused about these condoms. The instructions on this condom are contradictory. One says that they are effective in preventing stds; right under that it says that the effectiveness is not known. It is clear that it prevents pregnancy. Do you know their effectiveness?

Response from Mr. Kull

Polyurethane condoms are probably as effective as latex condoms in preventing the transmission of STDs. Laboratory studies show that polyurethane condoms prevent the passage of sperm, HIV, and other viruses.

Effectiveness can actually mean different things, and I am not sure to what that manufacturer is referring. They might be referring to the lack of human studies that have been performed to measure the "effectiveness" of STD and HIV transmission during sexual use of polyurethane condoms. These types of studies have been done with latex condoms (see Condom Failure for more information).

RMK



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