Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
          
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


spermicidal condoms
Jul 19, 2001

while using a spermicidal condom (trojan) during sex the head of my penis started burning. this has happened before. i only use spermicidal condoms. do they really kill the sperm? why does it burn?

Response from Mr. Kull

You should stop using condoms with spermicide on them and see if you notice a difference. Many people believe that they are allergic to latex, when in fact they might be allergic to the lubricant or spermicide that is on the condom. A recent study conducted among African sex workers demonstrated that those who used lubrication with nonoxynol-9(a popular spermicide) were more likely to get infected with HIV than those who used lube without N-9. Some spermicides, like nonoxynol-9, can cause irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes, increasing the risk for infection. Some people may not notice the irritation, while others may actually feel the reaction (like a burning sensation). See my response to "Spermicides" (http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/PreventionSexual/Q11022.qna).

The Centers for Disease Control took note of this study and has recommended that people use condoms or lubricant without nonoxynol-9 (if one is interested in disease prevention; N-9 is still effective in preventing pregnancy because it does inactivate sperm). The small amount of n-9 that is on a condom probably does not provide enough microbicidal benefit to actually prevent infection anyway.

If given the choice, using a condom with a spermicide on it is better than not using a condom at all.

You can buy condoms that have spermicide-free lube on them. You can also buy a condom that is non-lubricated and buy some spermicide-free lube (K-Y is one of them).

RMK



Previous
pre-cum risk
Next
Infection at the GYM?

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement