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Nonoxynol-9
Jan 20, 2003

Hi! There seem to be confusing messages today about whether it is preferable to use condoms with or without Nonoxynol-9. We use condoms all the time, but should we buying those with, or without N-9? Thanks for running a great forum!!!

Response from Mr. Kull

The current recommendations set forth by the CDC state that nonoxynol-9 should not be used for disease prevention. N-9's ability to prevent HIV infection is questionable, and the fact that it can cause irritation to the mucous membranes may increase one's risk for infection.

It's best to stick to lubricants and condoms that do not contain spermicides.

See Nonoxynol-9 for more information.

RMK



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