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Can Spermicides Increase The Chance Of Passing On Hiv

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AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

...penis, and a new type of condom goes in the vagina or in the rectum. For more information on condoms, see Fact Sheet 153 . Some chemicals called spermicides can prevent pregnancy but they don't prevent HIV. They might even increase your risk of getting infected if they cause irritation or swelling. For more information on safer sex, see Fact Sheet 151 . Drug Use If you're high on drugs, you might forget to use protection during sex. If you...
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spermicide as prevention tool

Hi Dr Bob. You answered a question from me a few weeks ago (outreach worker in alameda). I have another one. I was just reading your response to the uncircumcised republican guy. The info you posted at the bottom said -"The proper use of latex and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Organization published a 27-page report summarizing what is known about nonoxynol-9 (N-9) -- the failed microbicide that actually increases risk of HIV transmission. They concluded that N-9 should never be used for preventing HIV transmission,... Read more »


I don't like the spermicide condoms. I just don't like the thought of that stuff in me. I have two questions... Spermicide can't harm me (a female) right? I mean, it can't do anything to me right? And also, is there another type of condom that can...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...HIV in test tubes, but a recent study has discovered that the small amount on nonoxynol-9 on condoms and in lube actually may increase the risk of infection in some people. Irritation to the mucous membranes is likely to increase one's risk for... Read more »

spermicidal condoms

while using a spermicidal condom (trojan) during sex the head of my penis started burning. this has happened before. i only use spermicidal condoms. do they really kill the sperm? why does it burn?
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...who used lube without N-9. Some spermicides, like nonoxynol-9, can cause irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes, increasing the risk for infection. Some people may not notice the irritation, while others may actually feel the... Read more »


Hi, I am an HIV educator and have recently received a questioned about spermicides that I do not know the answer to. I know that non-oxynol 9 is not a good product for all people to use due to allergic reactions. What about other spermicides?? Do...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...reviewing its recommendations for spermicide use in HIV prevention. The allergic reaction that some people have to N-9 may increase a person's risk for HIV infection when having sex with an HIV infected person. Any kind of irritation of mucosal... Read more »
The Well Project

Questions and Answers: Microbicides Against HIV

...the transmission of HIV or other infections. In fact, when used more than once a day, N-9 contraceptive products may actually increase HIV risk by irritating the skin of the vagina. Other studies show that N-9 is even more irritating to the... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...setbacks. Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) is a spermicide that was tested as a microbicide. Research showed that frequent use of N-9 may actually increase the risk of HIV infection. It can damage the lining of the vagina or rectum, making it easier for HIV to... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...semen (cum). Unroll the rest of the condom down the penis. Do not "double bag" (use two condoms). Friction between the condoms increases the chance of breakage. After orgasm, hold the base of the condom and pull out before your penis gets soft.... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...are at increased risk ofdeveloping osteoporosis (weak bones) after menopause, but studies have also shown thatHIV infection increases a person's risk of losing bone mineral density. Thisplaces both HIV+ men and women at increased risk of... Read more »
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Posted by delhiguy, 3 Replies
I am 30 YO guy. Worried that I may have got infected. I met this friend of mine on 5th of Dec 2010 which was just a causual meeting after 5 years. After having drinks she started touching me and I got aroused and we end up mating. While in act, she... Read more »

Chances of getting HIV when you have dermatitis

Posted by Antre, 1 Reply
...Hi. I would like to ask about the chances of getting HIV when you have dermatitis and touch body fluids. Moreover what are the chances if these body fluids where out of the body for Read more »


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