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Condom effectivness

Question: 

Hello I am 32 year unmarried male .I want to be in sexual relatiinship .But i have fear and anxitey about sex.I heard that using condom also do not protect 100 % from HIV infection .I want to ask that if condom use correctly and consitently every time and if it dose not break or slip then using condom can protect from HIV ???

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about whether or not using condoms can protect you from acquiring HIV.

HIV incidence is reduced by 80% with the use of condoms during all acts of penetrative vaginal sex. Condoms do not reduce the transmission of HIV to zero. However, consistent condom usage is one of the primary methods to protect against HIV transmission (1). This being said, the best way to reduce your chances of acquiring HIV would be to use a condom every-time you perform a sexual act, but condom use is never 100% safe.

Further, If you are engaging in High Risk activity there are biomedical approaches such as PrEP and PEP that help lower your risk of acquiring HIV. Refer to your physicians for further information about these methods.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Heidi