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    Question about condoms

    I have read that "According to a 2000 report by the National Institutes of Health, correct and consistent use of latex condoms reduces the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission by approximately 85% relative to risk when unprotected."

    Does this imply that vaginal fluids can pass (to a man), or semen can pass into the vagina, or both? Wouldn't a man's penis need to have a cut so that --given a contact with infected vaginal fluids-- there would be a possibility of infection?

    Thanks.

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    I have read that "According to a 2000 report by the National Institutes of Health, correct and consistent use of latex condoms reduces the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission by approximately 85% relative to risk when unprotected."
    No this is false, condoms are 98-99.9% percent effective. I do remember a LONG TIME ago discussing this study with people,
    and they said that there were "misinterpretations" with this study. If you really want percentage reassuarance. There was a study done in Europe over two years, in this study they took serodiscordant couples (one negative partner and
    one hiv positive partner ) and asked some of them to wear condoms all the time and some to wear condoms some of the time.
    The cohort or group that wore condoms all the time had a 100% success rate. The other half (that wore condoms SOME of the
    time had 2 or 3 infections out of something like 125 (ish) but MIND YOU THEY WERE NOT PRACTICING safer sex). Another study
    group that wore condoms showed that out of 120 (ish) people only 3 over two years had rips in the condom to catch infection
    but it was believe that they may have engadged in some other risks but even accounting for that the safety factor was about
    98 %. SO no no no wearing a condom is about 98-100% safe. :-)



    Does this imply that vaginal fluids can pass (to a man), or semen can pass into the vagina, or both? Wouldn't a man's penis need to have a cut so that --given a contact with infected vaginal fluids-- there would be a possibility of infection?
    The points of entry are either mucosal membranes of the human body (inside of mouth/ inner lining of urethra of penis or inner lining of vagina) OR a point that has a cut and at that very recently if the cut is clotted over very high chances noting penetrated.
    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by ocean; 11-16-2008 at 09:49 AM.

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    I found a link that might help in understanding the way that STD's and HIV/AIDS works especially women to man......

    www.medhelp.com

    But just remember.... If you have one strain of the virus, that doesn't mean you are protected from all the strains of HIV....
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    If you have one strain of the virus, that doesn't mean you are protected from all the strains of HIV....
    I think what the previous poster is trying to say is that if you are positive you should still use protection because if you have co-infection from another hiv strain it can cause problems with your treatment.

    MIND YOU, while not trying to show insult to the previous poster I don't think that this is an appropriate discussion forum for what you just said her for the following reasons. First, its off topic,next talking about hiv strians you also ave to talk about Canada/USA versus Sub Saharan Africa, and I believe this discussion will only cause confusion with people who need answers This is mainly something that a doctor and at that a specialist talks to with his patients.

    Maybe as a relation to this topic if you go to a private lab versus a hospital ask the technician whether they test for hiv-1 and hiv-2,
    and if the hospital does not, maybe pay for a private lab test, but that is all the discussion that should be here about strain.
    Last edited by ocean; 11-16-2008 at 10:01 AM.

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    Thanks Ocean, my bad if I did go off topic... Just wanted to have it known... Not many are aware of it and to me I'd rather be safe then sorry.... Anyway thanks for giving a bit more info on it...
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    Dear all,

    Thank you very much for responding to my questions.

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