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Simply put there's not doubt that current (Oct, 2007) spermicides do NOT affect virus viability and if used frequently may degrade the integrity of the vagina resulting in a bit of an increase in susceptibility from viral (HIV, HepB) infection.

Check the related link to the NIH website I posted to the left.

There's currently a LOT of research to find such a compound...

Birth Control pills, shots, and inserts are all options. There is also spermicidal foam. It is 97% effective, however it does not provide 100% protection from STDs. Once again it may cause genital irritation. You could also try the condoms that are made out of polyurethane instead of latex, however these are more likely to break than the latex condom because they are thinner. The chances of this happening are slim, but I would use a spermicide as well to be safe. Anyway, give the polyurethane condoms a try. They are designed for people like yourself that are allergic to latex.

Go to your local pharmacy, which usually supplies other types of condoms for people with latex Allergies. I'd really recommend taking birth control pills along with using condoms.


Some people are allergic to Latex Condoms, also many men don't want to use them because you don't get as good a "feeling" or sensation. PLEASE READ THIS!!! There are condoms that are made from "natural membrane". I tried latex and HATED them. When I tried membrane condoms...WOW!!!!! It's like you are not even wearing a condom! You feel EVERY sensation. If you try it you will never go back to latex. One brand is Kling-Tite NATURALAMB lubricated rolled condom. They are the BEST thing in the world. HOWEVER---IMPORTANT--VERY IMORTANT-- There are two major drawbacks (that can easily be overcome). ONE: They are very EXPENSIVE...but they are WORTH every single me!! TWO: Because they are a natural membrane, they are not guaranteed to stop STD's, including HIV> a virus may pass through a natural membrane. THEREFORE-you must use it with vaginal foam birth control or vaginal suppository birth contol that contains Nonoxynol-9. Nonoxynol-9 KILLS sperm and HIV. IF MORE PEOPLE knew about this, EVERYONE would be using it. You get a natural feeling, like you are not even wearing a condom, PLUS you get a back-up birth control and STD preventitive that you don't get with adding birth control pill to membrane condom use. I HIGHLY recommend ENCARE (nonoxynol-9 vaginal suppository) and NATURALAMB condom combination. You will think you died and went to Heaven. COST: A dozen (12) NATURALAMB CONDOMS cost about $24.00--approx. $2.00 each....ENCARE (nonoxynol-9) $12.00 for 18 suppositories. WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY AND THEN SOME.

There are condoms made from a plastic-like substance called polyurethane.

Please use caution regarding the answer on using ENCARE (nonoxynol-9) from above. I did a search and found that it does NOT offer protection against STDs or STIs, including HIV. In fact, research has shown that it may actually increase the chance of contracting HIV. Please see "About Microbicides - Nonoxynol-9" below.

I am currently writing a paper about safe sex for school, and the only STD, HIV, and pregnancy protection currently available, which is widely accepted in the medical community, is a latex condom. Polyurethane is a newer material which has shown to provide protection as well, but there is a warning that you should use a latex condom unless you or your partner has an allergy. I am a latex allergy sufferer, and find that these types of condoms work well, although I have no experience with latex condoms to compare with.

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Can you get a rash from condoms or lube?

Yup latex alergy is most common - you can try latex free alternatives

What is latex on condoms used for?

It's not latex ON the condoms. Latex is what the most common condoms are made of.

Are latex condoms best to prevent pregnancy?

Well latex condoms are good to prevent pregnancy for the most part but as opposed to latex or polyurethane condoms or animal skin condoms are all good but I recommend spermicidal lubricated condoms.

What ingredients are used in latex condoms?


Is there latex in erasers?

yes there is its latex from recycled condoms

Are non-latex condoms as strong?

Non-latex condoms are not as strong and do not prevent the spread of STDs.

Can condoms irritate the skin?

Yes, if you are allergic to latex. They do make non-latex condoms, but they are more expensive and harder to find.

Do they make non latex condoms?

Yes, They alo make Lamb Skin Condoms for the people that are alleric to the latex ones.

Are condoms made out of rubber?

Condoms are made of latex, a form of rubber.

Which condoms can prevent STDs?

Latex condoms protect against STIs.

What is the usage of latex condoms?

The purpose of a latex condom is to protect you from STDs and pregnancies

Can non latex condoms prevent chlamydia?

Both latex condoms and synthetic non-latex condoms are effective at lowering the risk of chlamydia. Natural skin condoms, like lambskin, are not recommended for prevention of STDs. But if you have chlamydia you should abstain from oral, anal and vaginal sex -- even with a condom.

Why do condoms break?

Because they are latex. Not steel.

Do they make condoms without latex?

Yes they do.

Does latex kill sperm?

No but you can get condoms that have spermicides in them.

If you are allergic to latex are you able to wear a condom?

Buy a condom that is not made from latex. There are numerous condoms that are latex free.

Can condoms kill you?

No. You can be allergic to the latex in condoms, but even then it couldn't be worse then a small rash.

What is latex?

Latex is natural ruber such as you may find condoms are made of or ruber gloves.

Is latex agglutination a qualitative or quantitative method of detection?

latex CONDOMS for gloves pickle

Could you be allergic to condoms if you sometimes feel irritation in your genital area after you have protected sex using a certain type of condom?

You could be. Latex could be the culrit. Try latex free condoms or lambskin condoms.

What does it mean when your penis burns after sex?

if you are using latex condoms, it could be due to a latex allergy.

How do you know if your ellgic to latex condoms?

Trial and Error. Expose yourself to Latex and see what happens.

Do latex condoms have water based lubricans?


What kind of condoms are there?

The are three types of condoms: Latex, Isoprene, and Urethane. The "standard" condom is latex and .007 inches thick. Premium brand "super thin" condoms are .002 inches thick or close to it. These are much more enjoyable to use for regular sex than standard condoms. However they are not strong enough for anal sex. Use thicker condoms for that stuff. You may see fancy names for condom material like "sheerlon" but these are just trade names for latex. Isoprene is synthetic latex, although they are often promoted as "non-latex" condoms. These condoms were developed for people who are allergic to latex. Another advantage is that they don't have a latex smell. They are premium .002 inches thick condoms. Urethane condoms were developed before isoprene condoms. They are .002 inches thick premium condoms, but urethane is not as stretchy as latex and will not give as snug a fit. Their advantage is that they are resistant to oil. This is useful if you have been using hand lotions or sunscreens. Urethane condoms are also odorless and hypo-allergenic, but they are getting hard to find as most manufacturers switched over to cheaper isoprene for hypo-allergenic condoms. However, if you want to give your partner an oil massage before sex, urethane condoms are a must. Condoms come in different shapes and sizes and have things like ribs and studs to improve the pleasure. See the discussion page for a list of condoms names and their description.

Do all types of condoms offer protection against the transmission of HIV?

No. Latex condoms are the best choice.