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Will Condoms Protect People From Herpes

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AIDS InfoNet

Safer Sex Guidelines

...much higher if the membranes are damaged. The most common artificial barrier is a condom for men. You can also use a female condom to protect the vagina or rectum during intercourse. Fact Sheet 153 has more information on condoms. Lubricants can increase sexual stimulation. They also reduce the chance that condoms or other barriers will break. Oil-based lubricants like Vaseline, oils, or creams can damage condoms and other latex barriers....
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$200 Donation For This Simple Question (HERPES SIMPLEX, 2009)

Hi Dr Bob, Scott from CA. Umm... how do I start.? Ok here goes.I've a gf for about 6 months now. Before we engage in any kind of unprotected sex, we both had HIV and STDs test about 3 weeks after being together and all came back NEGATIVE. She told...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...sheets, yes, your HIV tests would be considered conclusive.I do not believe you are being paranoid about HIV if you are having unprotected sex! There is always the possibility your girlfriend may have sex outside your relationship. There is also... Read more »

Herpes=increased HIV risk? Help!

Dear Doctor Robert,Can I start by saying thank you for the work you do and the thousands of people you help with your sound and level-headed advice. I will greatfully give a donation if you can help by answering my question. Which is...Could I have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello "Worried Well?"If your romance with Zorba the Greek was protected, your HIV risk should be nonexistent, assuming a latex condom was used properly and did not fail. HIV cannot pass through intact Read more »

Genital Ulcers

Dear Dr. Wohl,I like your answers to questions. You are straight with many of the questions. I maybe in the wrong forum but please excuse this transgression. I was wondering about genital ulcers. I have read that genital ulcers are a factor in...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...genital secretions. Therefore, given the differences in at least the transmissibility and transmission routes of these viruses condoms are much more effective at HIV transmission prevention than they are for HSV.Co-transmission (sort of... Read more »

Can I have sex all I want?

If the chances of catching HIV when having unprotective insertive sex is 5 in 10,000. 1- Would it be safe to assume I can have sex all I want, without worrying about HIV, as long as i'm protected and use the condom properly? If not, explain.2- Would...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Brad Pitt or Dick Cheney.2.Some STDs for example, HPV (warts), herpes and scabies can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. Condoms afford protection only to the covered areas.3.Kissing could potentially transmit a variety of STDs, including... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Condoms Offer Partial Protection Against Herpes

...contract genital herpes than those who did not use condoms. The risk of becoming infected rose concurrently with the number of unprotected sex acts, the team found. Since HSV-2 can spread by skin-to-skin contact, condoms are only partly... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Genital Herpes

...that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes. Persons with herpes should abstain from sexual activity with... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Condoms Protect Against Genital Herpes

...(HSV-2) than those who did not. According to lead author Dr. Anna Wald of the University of Washington-Seattle, the level of HSV-2 protection conferred by condoms had not previously been clear. Wald and colleagues conducted an earlier study that... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV and Safer Sex

...act that involves sexual fluids or blood has at least some risk, safer sex means using barriers every time. Barriers include condoms (male and female), dental dams (thin squares of latex), and even latex gloves. Barriers help reduce risk... Read more »
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If I have herpes and wear a condom ?

Posted by oi812Help, 1 Reply
...It has been written taht males who have herpes and have sex with hiv+ individuals are at great risk. Are they at great risk if they wear a condom? The studies I read said herpes transmission is signifigantly Read more »

Please Advice

Posted by Me_Me, 2 Replies
...episode lasted for 3 to 4 minutes. As soon as I ejaculated, I removed the condom and went to the bathroom. I filled water in the condoms (one above the other, as in the case of the intercourse) and it seemed intact. I am not aware if either had a... Read more »

got herpes and HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...got infected with herpes. This had to of been from him since I never had it before. I wasnt sure how I got it since we had protected sex. But I assume that because it is a skin to skin transmission I probably got it because of that. However... Read more »

Now I must concern for loved one...

Posted by oi812Help, 4 Replies
...we used a condom, told female partner (both of us have herpes) this and she said it was low risk and during holidays we had unprotected vaginal sex. She said let it go don't worry about it. Are we both at risk now? Please help do we need a HIV... Read more »