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The effectiveness of condoms as a prevention strategy

Dec 29th 2013 at 8:55 PM

Info: The effectiveness of condoms as a prevention strategy Has caused in recent months, a great controversy discussion on solving the condom as a method of AIDS prevention because the porosity of the material with which it is made - latex. Much of the discussion in the press were based argumentation scientific evidence, often overwhelming, but contaminated by excited and / or moralizing readings of research results from renowned scientists from around the world, producing the publication of half-truths.

Surveys indicate that latex has micro pores due to their manufacturing process which vary according to the product manufactured, reaching up to 5.0 microns in the case of condoms. Concern generated by the presence of pores in the condom is when one has in mind the dimension of HIV, which is of the order of 0.1 microns, which meant that the condom was compared by many naive and misguided way, to a screen where HIV could overtake without obstacles, transmitting AIDS for all who innocently believed it as a protective barrier.

Apply here some explanation of the mechanism of HIV infection that are of fundamental importance to understand why the rubber condom has always been and continues to be an effective barrier against the AIDS virus. Firstly, it is important to know that HIV transmission has low power when free in the bloodstream, in that it needs to be linked to a cell so that its infectious material can be transferred into the body of the individual. Such association of HIV with the cell's defense system of the human being makes its size exceeds a million times the pore size present in the condom, making it impossible to pass through the barrier of the infected cell rubber.

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