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Correct use of a condom
Sep 13, 1999

Hi Rick

You have repeatedly mentioned that key to condom protecting from HIV is consistent and correct use. What exactly is correct and incorrect use? Could you give specific examples of incorrect use of condom? Does size of the condom matter? Is lubrication essential? Can the condom be removed before ejaculation?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question. To learn more about correct condom use, visit The Body's condom information area. Generally speaking, the size of the condom will only make a difference if:

1) the condom is too small, in which case it is more likely to break. 2) the condom is too large, in which case it is more likely to slip or fall off.

If you find that the condom is too small or too big, try using a different brand of condom. During intercourse, lubrication can be used to reduce the chance of the condom breaking. Condoms should be used from the very start of having sex, to the very end of having sex, in order to adequately protect you against HIV and other STDs. For more information about condoms, you can also read the June 1999 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, available at most libraries. You can also visit the sexual prevention area of this website.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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