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Goals

Section 1
Section 2

- Information
- Objectives
- Male Condom
- Properties
- Latex
- Plastic
- Correct Use
- Breakage
- Behaviors
- Cautions
> Protection
- Female
- Characteristics
- Use
- Spermicides
- Characteristics
- Correct Use
- Preferences
- Diaphragm
- Characteristics
- Considerations
- Correct Use
- Fitting
- Follow-up
- Sponge
- New Methods

Section 3

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Section 2 - Method Information

Condom Protection Against HIV

Condom Protection Against HIV chart

Source: Ngugi, et al. 1988.
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Many studies have shown that male condom use decreases the risk of HIV transmission. The study shown on this slide measured the protective effect of condom use among commercial sex workers in relation to how consistently they used condoms. Those who did not use condoms at all had a high percentage of HIV infection. The percent of infection decreased as condom use increased. Those who used condoms 100 percent of the time had no HIV infection.

Other studies show similar patterns. The level of protection against HIV is due to the degree of consistent and correct condom use, rather than to variations among the condoms themselves. To be most effective at disease prevention, condoms must be used consistently and correctly.

 

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