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Hole In Condom Should I Get Tested

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Testing condoms for holes

After the intercourse, I found the condom had two tiny holes that could leak water from inside. I don't know the HIV status of my partner. How is my odds getting infected?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. You should never test a condom yourself to see if there are any holes in it. This is for several reasons:1) Condoms are checked for holes and manufacturing defects in the factory prior to being sold. Therefore... Read more »

Condom holes (HOLES IN CONDOMS, 2011)

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Holes in Latex Condom (CONDOMS)

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Zambia Rejects Batch of Holed Condoms

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Offers States Deal to Seal Medicaid HIV-Testing Holes

Though routine HIV screenings are recommended by America's foremost public health authorities and tens of thousands of people are living in the United States with undiagnosed HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Prison System "Gaping Hole in Public Health Network" for Treating People With Infectious Diseases, Opinion Piece Says

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hole in condom; need advice

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi,

I was recently (2 weeks ago) the insertive partner in anal sex with an hiv+ individual. Anal sex with this man lasted about 1 minute tops. As I pulled out the condom, I realized that there was a hole near the tip of my condom (about 1.0 cm... Read more »

READ THIS..CONDOM HOLES???

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
HIV & Condoms
Posted: Sep 21, 2000



Last evening a friend told me he heard that HIV is smaller than the smallest pores in condoms and that the virus can pass through condom membranes. Have you heard this or is it just another rumor?

Thanks in... Read more »

condom breakage

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
if a condom were to fail- how would it fail? Tiny hole too small to see? Has anyone ever experienced a broken condom- how would you know if one broke? If a condom doesn't break, are you at risk for HIV? Should people test for HIV after having... Read more »

Condom breakage? Scared!

Posted by worriedsick, 4 Replies
OK so I went in to be tested today, results will be back in fifteen very long days, but the health center was not offering rapid fire tests. but soon enough i will know.

My question is I had protected anal receptive sex with a person who i asked if... Read more »