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Do Dental Dams Protect From Hiv And Stds

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sexual Practices and Dental Dam Use Among Women Prisoners -- A Mixed Methods Study

For more than a decade, dental dams have been distributed to protect female inmates against HIV and STDs in some Canadian and Australian prisons. The authors noted, "However, we do not know whether they serve any useful public health purpose." They... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Foundations File Complaints Against California Adult Film Production Companies for Not Protecting Workers From HIV, Other STDs

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the Pink CrossFoundation this weekfiled official complaints with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA)alleging adult film production companies "have violated workplace safety... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Many Young People "Too Embarrassed" to Buy Condoms to Protect Against STDs, Study Says

Many young people are hesitant to buy condoms to protect against sexually transmitted diseases because they say they are "too embarrassed" by the experience, according to a study published in the Social Science Journal , the New York Times ... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Dental dam and or seran wrap for oral sex on female

Basically, this girls boyfriend is going on vacation and so i get to replace him for a while(i know it's bad..) but im going to use a latex condom... and flavored condom for oral done to me but should i use seran wrap, or a dental dam,(which...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Plastic wrap, a latex condom cut into a square, or dental dams can all be used to protect you from HIV infection when performing oral sex on a woman. Flavored dental dams and condoms do exist! See <a href=""... Read more »

dental dams

How does a woman use a dental dam when having sex with another woman? I knowwhat they look like, but I have no idea how to use one. Can you give adescriptive answer?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. A dental dam is a 6 inch by 6 inch pieceof latex that is normally used in dentistry for various dental procedures. Several years ago, it was suggested that these can be used to prevent thetransmission of HIV and... Read more »

Any effective prevention other than condoms, dams, etc?

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...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
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... Read more »

protected sex with escort - worried about hiv/aids/stds

Dear doctor,I had protected sex (oral and vaginal)with an escort a month ago and have been worried ever since.This was the first time i engaged with a hooker and used a condom.infact used a new condom because i noticed my condom was slipping off...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi,YES! You had protected sex! This puts your risk of HIV transmission to very small. First we know that oral sex carries the lowest risk of HIV transmission and you had protected intercourse. Your overall risk of HIV transmission is very small. But... Read more »
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How to protect your partner when you are dating someone who is not HIV Positive?

Posted by pozlady, 3 Replies
Are there any other measures that are important besides the use of condoms that one should take when dating someone who is not HIV Positive?
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Possible exposure to HIV/STDS?

Posted by James3, 1 Reply
Possible HIV/STD exposure
Hello everyone, I was in a situation recently that has given me some concern about possible HIV/STD exposure.

I am a male, always been with women but decided I wanted to try something with another guy. I met him online, and... Read more »

Am I infetcted.. not hiv.. but other STDs though..

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
First of all, I know this is an HIV site, but the description for this forum included worries about STDs.

I had gotten tested for HIV 12 weeks after, I am negative (which is great because I was really stressing).

So, about 3 weeks ago, I started... Read more »

dental symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi. I'm a 25 year old heterosexual woman. I had unprotected sex 3 weeks ago. 2 weeks after the incident, my teeth started to hurt. I went to visit my dentist and he told me that I have acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis. I believe this is also... Read more »