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Should I Get Tested After Hole In Condom

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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 Read more »

Condom holes (HOLES IN CONDOMS, 2011)

Hi Dr,Congratulations on your success and achievements in society.What do you think of the... Read more »

Holes in Latex Condom (CONDOMS)

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Zambia Rejects Batch of Holed Condoms

...Bureau of Standards (ZABS) on Monday halted sales of two brands of condoms -- "Evolution" and "Hot" -- after testing revealed holes in them. "The two brands of condoms have been withdrawn for failing to meet the critical electrical freedom from... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Condoms

... What Are Condoms? What Are They Made Of? How Are Condoms Used? Using a Male Condom Using a Female Condom Nonoxynol-9 Condom Myths Read more »
The Body

Consumer Reports Finds Seven Condom Brands Top the Rest

...submerged in water to test them for leaks; one of the tested models, the Night Light Glow in the Dark condom, was found to have holes in it more frequently than Consumer Reports liked. The testing process has its critics, however. As this ABC... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Consumer Reports Tests Condoms: CDC Responds

...and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to questions submitted by the CDC National AIDS Hotline concerning an article on condoms in Consumer Reports magazine in April of 1995. Some condom boxes specifically indicate they are designed for... Read more »
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Condom breakage? Scared!

Posted by worriedsick, 4 Replies
...pulled out. If the condom broke, would I be able to notice it? It looked like it was intact, but could there have been a small hole. It was not ripped from tip to bottom... I had an HIV test about three + weeks after the encounter which came... Read more »

hole in condom; need advice

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...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 diameter) Not sure that it was right at... Read more »

Condom Failure Modes?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...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 pass a current), so what's the probability that if one doesn't see a big hole... Read more »

Condom used...sort of. HELP!!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...also. I tested negative. Even though I still worry, I stupidly had sex with him again last night. We started out WITHOUT a condom. He was in me unprotected for 5 min. maximum. He then put a condom on and "finished" with it on. So basicly, he... Read more »