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Using condoms to prevent transmission of HIV

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7044.1478/a (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1478

Condoms have an appreciable failure rate

  1. John Kelly
  1. Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Birmingham Maternity Hospital, Birmingham B15 2TG

    EDITOR,—In a book about AIDS the Social Commission of the French Episcopate states that “Many competent doctors maintain that a condom of reliable quality is today the only means of prevention. As such, it is necessary.”1 I wonder whether the commission is aware of the following relevant facts about condoms and the transmission of HIV.

    Firstly, a survey by a family planning clinic in Manchester of people experienced in using condoms reported …

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