Are u ok with 13.3% leakage rate in latex condoms???? with Hep-B and HIV????
Sure, but first I'd like to point out that the 13.3% viral leak rate aoolied only to latex 2 condoms of the same brand, not all latex condoms. What they wrote was:
No virus passed through the barrier during the passive test. T7 leaked through 2 latex condoms (13.3%) of the same brand (Trojan-Enz) during the simulated intercourse test. On the other hand, PV-1 did not leak through any of the condoms
If you read further, you'll also note that the 100nm PV-1 passed through none of the condoms and that HIV is comparable in size (80nm-120nm) to the PV-1. The 13.3% rate of passage through the two condoms referred to a virus (T7) which has a size of 20nm, making it half the size of Hepatitus B (42 nm). So no, that doesn't bother me in the least. A condom only prevents some of the skin-on-skin contact and you're penis isn't exactly hermetically sealed inside of one.
What about the exposure and ``viral leakage'' at the opening of the condom? What about pelvic contact? I would have never considered a condom to be an absolute barirer to infection. In operating rooms and other ``sterile'' environments, the lowered risk of infection is not due to eliminating pathogens, but is due to the reduced concentration of pathogens. What matters is how much the rate of infection is lowered, given a rate of exposure that is reduced by a factor of about 8. Unless you're wearing a Hazmat suit with its own air supply, you are going to come into contact with pathogens in the environment, including HIV if you're having sex with an infected partner. That 13.3% leak rate is just part of the exposure.
However, the odds of becoming infected with HIV through sex with an infected partner if one does not wear a condom are between 1 in 500 and 1 in 1000 and that drops by a factor of 2 with a condom (although I don't know of a study by condom brand). If I was going to be concerned about anything, it would be the seemingly large numbers of people who think of sex without a condom as unthinkable and a reason to crucify someone, yet are ok with having sex if a guy wears a condom. People who think a condom makes sex safe or even a lot safer are more of a hazard than the condoms they wear.
but this one you are just a little light on facts is all...
I cited the article, so I know what it said. I just don't think it's as important as was alluded to earlier in this thread.