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Offline Ian1410

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Polyisoprene Condoms and HIV prevention
« on: December 01, 2010, 01:01:46 PM »
About a week and a half ago, I engaged in very brief (20 seconds, give or take) insertive anal sex with an HIV+ man. The sex was protected, using a condom provided by the man. I have come to discover that the condom used was a "Skyn" condom made of polyisoprene. It showed no signs of failure, and given the brief duration of the sex I was not terribly alarmed until I developed irritated lymph nodes around the 1-week mark. Understanding that it is certainly not HIV-specific, it still prompted a little research on my part, which yielded a pretty small amount of information regarding the effectiveness/efficacy of polyisoprene for STD/HIV prevention. From what I understand, polyisoprene condoms have only been on the market since 2008, and most online articles really only address either sensation or breakage issues. I haven't really been able to determine (from credible sources) if they are equally effective, or just the next best thing if you're allergic to the trusted standard, latex.

If it's not too intrusive of a question for a first post, have any of you poz cats used these within your serodiscordant relationships? Can any of you vouch for these from experience?

While not panicking, by any means, I am a little more aprehensive about testing at this point. Admittedly, it is mostly due to my lack of knowledge regarding the relatively new(ish) product, but would love to gain the opinion of your resident sages.  ;)

Thanks!

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Re: Polyisoprene Condoms and HIV prevention
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2010, 01:28:37 PM »
Ian,

Skyn condoms are FDA approved for protection against pregnancy and STIs. Relevant excerpt from the link I provided...

These polyisoprene condoms were FDA approved in November 2008 for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Polyisoprene is a natural rubber that is chemically the same as latex, yet these polyisoprene condoms do not contain the natural proteins that usually cause people's latex allergies. Non-latex condoms have a shelf life of three years.

Personally, I've never heard of them but they must be ok because they're FDA approved. No where have I found anything saying they should not be used to prevent hiv infection.

As the insertive partner during an incident that only lasted a mere 20 seconds, you were never likely to end up poz over this anyway. Hiv is much more difficult to transmit from a bottom to a top.

You have not had a risk and you do not need to test over this incident.

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Re: Polyisoprene Condoms and HIV prevention
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2010, 01:39:04 PM »
Ian,

PS - from the Skyn website...

“LifeStyles® SKYN™ polyisoprene condoms deliver proven
protection against pregnancy and, if used properly, will help
reduce the risk of transmission of HIV (AIDS) infection and
many other sexually transmitted diseases.”


Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: Polyisoprene Condoms and HIV prevention
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2010, 01:52:06 PM »
I'd come across this information in passing, but didn't really see numerical stats or anything indicating a comparitive degree of protection between latex/polyisoprene, which would really only serve to reassure compulsive worriers such as myself. Haha!

My regular screening comes up around the beginning of the year, so I will proceed with much more confidence!

Thanks, Ann. You're a sweetheart! :)

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Re: Polyisoprene Condoms and HIV prevention
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2010, 01:58:49 PM »
Ian,

You're welcome!

Actually, I'm glad you asked about these condoms. I'm not allergic to latex, but it often irritates me. I don't really care for polyurethane condoms so you have just given me a great alternative to try out. Thanks!

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: Polyisoprene Condoms and HIV prevention
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2010, 02:14:13 PM »
You bet!

I'll mention that with my fear put to rest, I do recall the condom feeling wonderful! I dare say the best sensation of any I've used.  ;D

 


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