If you are asking yourself, can you get HIV through using condoms, the answer is yes, it is possible. However, before you start to panic, we should explain that it is very unlikely. If you are concerned, London HIV tests are available at the walk-in clinic operated by Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.
Various types of condoms
The quality of condoms has improved in recent years. The most effective condoms for protecting against HIV and other STIs are latex, or if you are allergic to latex, condoms made from polyurethane or polyisoprene are effective options.
Condoms made from natural membranes (like lambskin for example) are not good choices because they are porous, meaning that infections (HIV and other STIs) can filter through them
Male and female condoms are equally effective
When people think about condoms, they generally tend to think about the male condom, which is worn over the penis. There is however a female condom too. This type of condom of fitted inside the vagina and has an outer ring which is placed over the labia.
Both types of condom are very effective at preventing HIV and other STIs. However, they are not 100% proof.
The male and female condoms should never be used together as the friction created could cause them to tear.
If you are concerned that may have been exposed, London HIV tests are offered at the Broadgate STI clinic London Wall. We operate a walk-in clinic for maximum convenience.
Condom best practice
Condoms should always be stored in a cool, dry place. Before you use a condom it is wise to check and ensure that the packaging has not been damaged in any way. It is also important to check the “use-by” date. Never use out of date condoms.
Lubricants can enhance condom protection
There is a slight danger of condoms breaking during sexual intercourse. For this reason it is also recommended that you use water based or silicone based lubricant. Never use an oil based lubricant as this can attack and weaken latex condoms.
Can you get HIV through using condoms?
Can you get HIV through using condoms? – No, not just by using condoms. They in themselves carry no infection. However if the integrity of a condom is compromised by a small puncture or tear, then yes, you could be at risk if your sexual partner has an HIV infection.
Condoms should never under any circumstances be re-used. This applies whether they are your own or anyone else’s. They are only designed to be used once and of course if you were to use one after another person has used it, you are automatically exposing yourself to the possibility of infection.
London HIV tests from Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you are worried that you may have been infected with HIV, London HIV tests are available through Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall. To get an accurate test result however, it is recommended that you wait until 1 month from the initial infection date.