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You Never Answer Truly Tough Question Anymore, Why?, Part III (FINAL EPISODE)

Aug 20, 2005

Dear Doc:

I reread your post. I guess my issue (among emotional issues) boils down to:

1. Does oil-based lubricants render a condom ineffective by creating tiny microscopic tears (such as those in lambskin condoms?); or

2. Or is the issue simply that oil-based lubes increase the risk of breakage, tearage, and slippage?

I'm not trying to be anal, but I need to know.

Lastly, can you please send me the <<link>> for the $150 donation? And can I use credit cards such as VISA???

Response from Dr. Frascino


Oil-based lubricants can cause a chemical reaction with latex, weakening it. This is not the same problem as lambskin condoms not being effective HIV barriers. (And yes, you are being a bit anal . . . but that's O.K. after all, this is a sex forum!)

Donation information for The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation can be found on the Foundation's Web site at Yes, we warmly (and appreciatively) accept credit cards (and just about anything else as well)!

Many thanks and good luck!

Dr. Bob

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