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Any effective prevention other than condoms, dams, etc?

Jan 5, 1998

A friend of mine recently told me that she has sex with a doctor who uses some kind of spray or lotion to prevent HIV transmission. He doesn't use condoms. Is there such a thing? I apologize if this simply repeats the question about spermicides (2 July 1997), but I do not know if the substance in question is a spermicide. Thank you for your advice.

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

Presently, there is no spray or lotion that has been proven to provide adequate protection against HIV or any other STD, when used without a condom. Spermicides and other lubricants (including those containing Nonoxynol-9) should always be used with a condom. They are not good enough to protect against STDs by themselves. Whatever this spray or lotion was, if it was used without a condom, this was not adequate protection against HIV or other STDs. I therefore suggest that your friend get tested for HIV/STDs, if there was any chance that her partner had any of these infections.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail me at "" or call me at (Nationwide). I'm glad to help!

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