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Harm Reduction And Condom Failure

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Harm Reduction and HIV

What Is Harm Reduction? Harm reduction is a way of dealing with behavior that damages the health of the person involved and of their community. Harm reduction tries to improve individual and community health. Much of the work on harm reduction has been in connection with drug use. This fact sheet focuses on harm reduction applied to drug use and HIV. Some key points of harm reduction: Drug use won't disappear but its harmful effects...
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condom failed (HARM REDUCTION STRATEGIES FOR MAGNETIC COUPLES, 2009)

I am an hiv neg. female, my boyfriend has been hiv pos. for 20 years.and his viral load has always been undetectable.3 nights ago,after sex, we realized the condom had come off and was still inside me,it took some digging, but he got it out.and it...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Condom failure does place you at some degree of risk for HIV. That your positive boyfriend has an undetectable HIV plasma viral load would significantly decrease the risk of HIV transmission. However, your spotting may increase the... Read more »

PEP RELATED SIDE EFFECTS (PEP AND THE NEED FOR HIV SPECIALIST) (HARM REDUCTION STRATEGIES FOR MAGNETIC COUPLES, 2009)

Hi Doc,My wife got exposed to me ( Am hiv+ while she's -ve)through a condom break.She was put on combivir and Efavirenz but after 3 days she had serious side effects and our Doc changed her regimen to Combivir only. It's been 7 days since...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I would advise your wife to immediately seek a second opinion form a more competent HIV specialist. Her current symptoms are most likely due to the AZT component of her Combivir. (It's one of the reasons I no longer recommend this drug... Read more »

"Dealing with HIV+ Fiance' when I have OCD (HARM REDUCTION STRATEGIES FOR MAGNETIC COUPLES, 2009)

Dear Dr. Fascino: I've never seen this ? before but is there any advice on the day-to-day dealing w/magnetic couple issues? (i.e. my fiance' is 15 yrs w/HIV. Still undetectable viral load). Each and every day I don't know if I can...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,This is much more of an OCD than HIV problem! You've already spent "many visits with your partner's ID specialist asking questions." He has assured you that since you follow safer sex practices you should be OK. I doubt... Read more »

Unreadable results (HARM REDUCTION FOR INJECTION DRUG USE, 2010)

A family member had HIV and STD tests done at local clinic. All the results for STDs were negative. The result for HIV test listed unreadable. What does this mean? There can not be a 3 month waiting period as she is sexually active and occasional...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I would assume "unreadable" means invalid, that the test could not be interpreted due to some type of technical problem. However, I think you should ask the clinic that ran the test, not me! (Perhaps they meant... Read more »
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NYC Harm Reduction

Posted by Robert1
New York Harm Reduction Educators, Inc (NYHRE) is New Yorks largest harm reduction/ syringe exchange program. Its mission is HIV prevention and comprehensive services for those at risk for, or infected with HIV. Legally constituted in 1992, we serve... Read more »

Harm Reduction in New York City

Posted by SLippek
Job Posting
Syringe Exchange Program Prevention Case Manager
Posted 09/12/2005
Location: New York City

ACQC is seeking a Prevention Case Manager to work with active injection drug users in our expanding, innovative Syringe Exchange Program. This is an... Read more »

Condom Failure Modes?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
The three main failure modes for condoms that I know of are

a) failure to use one
b) slipping off
c) breakage - and they usually break in a big way (like a balloon)

I know that condoms are tested for microscopic holes at the factory (to see if they can... Read more »

condom failure during menstrual cycle

Posted by vendredisoir, 1 Reply
Hello all,

First of all, thanks to everyone for the many great posts on here. Have been lurking for a while.

Here's my story: I am a negative male who was having protected vaginal intercourse with a woman late in her cycle (had to be told to notice)... Read more »