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The Effectiveness of Condoms

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Updated December 13, 2009

Question: The Effectiveness of Condoms
A viewer asks:

"I hear everyone saying that I should use condoms. Do condoms work? Are condoms effective in the prevention of HIV and STDs? What is the effectiveness of condoms?"

Safer sex means using condoms each and every time we have a sexual encounter. But what is the effectiveness of condoms? Are condoms effective in the prevention of HIV and STDs? The answer is simple...YES!

Answer:
Studies have shown that condoms are highly effective in preventing HIV transmission when used properly. These studies looked at uninfected people in sexual relationships with HIV-infected partners. The studies found that even with repeated sexual contact, 98 to 100 percent of those people who used latex condoms correctly and consistently did not become infected.

Important Warning! - Lambskin condoms have been found not to be effective in preventing HIV or STD transmission and therefore should not be used for that purpose.

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