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Condom options for people who are allergic to latex

Nov 16, 1998

What if you are allergic to latex condoms?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Thank you for your question. There are people who are allergic to latex, who therefore should not use latex condoms. For people who are allergic to latex, they have several options for practicing safer sex:

1) Use a male polyurethane condom. These condoms have been specifically developed for people who are allergic to latex. These condoms will protect you from HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and unwanted pregnancies, as long as they are used correctly, and they do not break or fall off.

2) Use a female polyurethane condom.

3) Engage in low risk sexual activities where condoms are usually not necessary (for example mutual masturbation, kissing, etc.).

There are also times when using a condom is not necessary, as explained in the posting, When are condoms NOT necessary?

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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