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hiv after history of protected sex
Sep 26, 2012

Hi,

I'm freaking out abit.I've always had protected sex buti've read certain posts that some people after testing positive cannot deal with their diagnosis as they've always had protected sex.So even if you have sex with condoms can you still get hiv?

confused and anxious!

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there The body of research on the effectiveness of latex condoms in preventing sexual transmission of HIV is both comprehensive and conclusive. The ability of latex condoms to prevent transmission of HIV has been scientifically established in "real-life" studies of sexually active couples as well as in laboratory studies.

Laboratory studies have demonstrated that latex condoms provide an essentially impermeable barrier to particles the size of HIV. Latex condoms cover the penis and provide an effective barrier to exposure to secretions such as urethral and vaginal secretions, blocking the pathway of sexual transmission of HIV infection.

Epidemiologic studies that are conducted in real-life settings, where one partner is infected with HIV and the other partner is not, demonstrate that the consistent use of latex condoms provides a high degree of protection.

To sum up: Condoms do work when used correctly and consistently but certainly if there are tears, rips, etc. chances of getting HIV are not impossible. Take care,

LHW



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