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Polyurethane or Latex?
Jun 1, 2004

Dr. I think I had a high risk encounter in early October of last year. I used a condom but today noticed that it read polyurethane on it and that it might not be effective against all STD's. They print that this is being evaluated! Who the heck knew that there was any other type rather than latex and sheepskin? What the HECK?!

I had multiple negative tests since then including a negative ELISA on May 10th, almost 7 months after. Am I then considered ok? Also, why the heck do they use polyurethane if it might not be effective? Or am I just blowing this out of proportion?

Needing help, Mike

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi Mike,

Polyurethane condoms have been thoroughly evaluated for protection against HIV transmission. They are indeed very effective. They are particularly useful for folks who are allergic to latex. Latex allergy can vary in severity form mildly annoying to life threatening (like an allergic bee sting reaction). The condoms that are not protective against HIV are the lambskin variety.

Yes, your seven-month tests are definitive. WOO-HOO!

Stay well, Mike.

Dr. Bob



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