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expired condom
      #23449 - 10/16/01 07:37 PM

After an encounter with a sex worker, I read the package of the condom and saw that the expiry date was 5 May 2000. My question is how reliable will an expired condom be. I am very worried. Any comments appreciated.



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Re: expired condom new
      #23455 - 10/16/01 09:59 PM

Well, it's hard to say, but I think it would still be highly effective. The expiration date is an indication of when the latex will start to dry out and thus be more prone to breaking and tears. Did the condom still feel rubbery and all or was did it feel like it was kinda dry? Another thought is did it break or tear? If it didn't, then it still provided very good protection against HIV and other STDs that condoms can prevent. Using a condom is still a GREAT thing even if it's weakened possibly such as your situation or in the case of mistakenly using oil based lubricants with latex. Also, you do not know whether this sex worker had HIV or not. I know that it is VERY easy to assume that because of the work, sex workers automatically have HIV, but this is not necessarily the case. Finally, if you were by chance exposed to HIV, you do not automagically get it. There's a 1 in 500 chance if you were unprotected(no condom) that you would contract HIV. Put all these facts together, and you have a very, very small chance if at all. I would not worry unless you have some reasons that you haven't said in your post that would put you into a higher risk category.



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Re: expired condom new
      #23458 - 10/16/01 10:53 PM

Thank you. After withdrawal there was no tear on the condom. I suppose it did the job. KY was used as lubricant. I was only interested if micro holes may have developed in an expired condom - allowing both STD and HIV viruses and bacteria to penetrate the barrier. I suppose that the shelf life for a condom is based on lab tests that point to a median time for the optimum performance of the condom. After a certain period, the % of failures increases.



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