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Condoms 101: Taking A Closer Look

Condoms are a barrier between a body fluid containing HIV and body tissues susceptible to HIV infection. Here's what you need to know about condoms today, when PrEP and HIV treatment also can reduce transmission risks.

By Roger Pebody

NYC Condom Reaching Key Populations With Targeted Distribution, Marketing and Mobile Phone App

New York City was the first city in the world to have its own municipally branded condom, and it currently maintains the largest free condom programme in the United States of America. Even in this high income, cosmopolitan city, free condom distribut...


Putting Condoms on the Fast-Track as an Efficient and Cost-Effective HIV Prevention Method

"To achieve the global Fast-Track Target of reducing the number of new HIV infections to fewer than 500 000 by 2020, more political commitment and increased investment in HIV prevention, including condom promotion, are needed," UNAIDS writes.


How Do We Negotiate Condom Usage in the Age of PrEP?

"As with all sexual and health choices, it's my decision about my body," says Evan J. Peterson, who continues to use condoms after two years on PrEP. "That doesn't mean I judge you for your choice not to use them."

By Evan J. Peterson

What to Say/What Not to Say When Discussing Condomless Sex

Elijah McKinnon consults sex experts "to see what they recommend saying -- as well as what's better left unsaid -- when discussing condomless sex with your next sexual conquest or a person who's in the dark."

By Elijah McKinnon for AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Condoms in Jails Could Combat HIV -- and Perhaps Hepatitis C -- But Remain Rare

Without access to prevention measures, such as condoms, people in jails and prisons are at elevated risk of acquiring HIV. Hepatitis C risk may be higher as well.

By Barbara Jungwirth

What Are the Chances of Getting HIV From Protected Sex?

The chance of HIV being passed on even though a condom was used is really quite tiny, even if it isn't totally impossible. It's probably unrealistic to expect any method of prevention to give 100% protection or to work perfectly every time.


What Are the Risks From Fingering?

As there is no exchange of body fluids when someone puts their fingers (or their fist) in another person's vagina or anus, it's pretty much implausible for HIV to be passed on. There has never, ever been a documented case of HIV transmission through ...

If You Swallow the Semen of an HIV-Positive Person Can You Be Infected?

The risk of acquiring HIV during oral sex (sucking the penis of an HIV-positive person) is pretty low, but it isn't zero. Taking your partner's ejaculate (cum or pre-cum) in your mouth appears to make transmission more likely. Almost all of the indiv...

Is Sucking Penis Safe?

There are several sexually transmitted diseases that can be transmitted during a blowjob -- in other words, when your penis is sucked or you suck someone else's penis. These include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, genital warts (HPV) and hepa...