Tiny holes in your love sock are OK



February 7, 2019 - 9:28 AM

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read that condoms have tiny holes in them, and that they don’t provide protection against HIV/AIDS. Is this true? — G.D.M.


ANSWER: Condoms do have tiny holes in them if magnified enough; however, latex condoms are effective at preventing HIV transmission, both measured in a laboratory as well as in clinical studies. In couples who use condoms 100 percent of the time, HIV transmission is reduced by at least 90 to 95 percent.

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