Using condoms to prevent transmission of HIVBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://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
- John Kelly
- 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 …