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Non-oxynol 9 and disintegration of condomsThe Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions
Jan 31, 1997

At our AIDS agency we have recently heard unconfirmed rumours that studies have shown that non-oxynol 9 is actuallly contributiong to condom breakage. Is there any truth to this?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

This is incorrect information. There is no evidence that Nonoxynol-9 is harmful to condoms. In fact, condoms with Nonoxynol-9 have been used for many years with no evidence of damage to the condoms.

For more information about condoms, go to the question, "real effectiveness of condoms / What is the failure rate of condoms for heterosexual couples attempting to prevent pregnancy?"

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



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