oil based lube
Aug 15, 2002
If oil based lube is used on high quality latex condom, by how much does it increase the chance of the condom breaking, or becoming permeable to HIV and other STD's? Does it take, say more than 5 minutes of intercourse to break the condom?
Response from Mr. Kull
Oil-based lubricant won't only make the latex condom prone to breakage, but it can decrease the condom's ability to prevent HIV and other STIs from passing through the barrier (or as you say, makes it permeable). So if you use oil-based lubricant with a latex condom and it doesn't break, that does not mean that the condom was effective in preventing disease transmission.
I do not know specifically how long it takes for the condom to lose it's effectiveness when oil-based lubrication is used, but it can happen quickly. Regardless of the timeframe, you should not consider the condom to have been 100% effective.
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