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30 Jan 2003

Qaulity of Free Adis condom
Hi I would like to know what the qaulity of the Free Aids condom is.
Are they better or the same as the expensive condoms, what are the differances, between all these, and has these free condoms generated any problems like rash or other issues, infection etc.

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01 Jan 0001

Call the Department of Health, AIDS Helpline 0080 012 322, as they supply them. However, the condoms do have the SABS stamp on them, so have been tested.

Some general condom info: condoms are made from three different materials - latex, lambskin, and now polyurethane. Latex condoms are by far the most widely available and least expensive. The market offers several brands, each coming in a variety of sizes, colors, textures, shapes, and even flavors. Many are already coated with the spermicide Nonoxynol-9, but this slight amount has been found to be inadequate in protecting against pregnancy, so it's recommended that additional spermicide be used. However, new research no longer promotes the use of N-9 as it may facilitate HIV transmission.

Polyurethane condoms are the newest on the market. Compared to latex condoms, polyurethane ones are made from a type of plastic that:

is thinner
is stronger
offers a less constricting fit
is more resistant to deterioration
transmits heat better, which helps increase pleasure
may enhance sensitivity
Unlike other condoms, polyurethane ones are available in male and female versions. Worn by women, the female condom is a sheath that's inserted into a vagina up to eight hours before intercourse. Adding extra water-based lube helps increase comfort and decrease noise. They're not to be used together with male condoms. Polyurethane condoms have not been well studied for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but they're believed to offer as much, or even more, protection than latex condoms. However, they're pricier than latex condoms.

Lambskin condoms, in contrast, are the oldest on the market. They're made from the intestinal membrane of a lamb. Small pores make lambskin condoms ineffective in protecting against viruses that cause STIs. But they do protect against pregnancy, since the pores are too small for sperm to pass through. Lambskin supposedly has a more "natural" feel than latex and polyurethane.

All three male condom types offer the same statistical effectiveness against pregnancy, which is your primary concern. Contraceptive Technology estimates that only 3 percent of couples who consistently and correctly use male condoms will experience failure in the first year of usage. Female condoms have a probability of pregnancy of 5 percent, which still makes them quite an effective method of birth control.

Dr Elna Mcintosh

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