Condom Breakage & AIDS - Low Odds, High Risk

Condom Breakage & AIDS - Low Odds, High Risk

The incidence of condom breakage during vaginal intercourse has been estimated at around 1 percent, reports an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Those are low odds of a disaster, especially when you consider the alternative: no condom and unprotected sex. Still, if your partner happens to be infected with AIDS and the condom breaks, you could die. In the overwhelming majority of cases, however, condom failures occur because they're not used correctly, not because of defects in manufacturing.

To obtain accurate information on AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, contact: American Social Health Association (ASHA).

ASHA also operates STD hotlines. These include:

National STD Hotline
1-800-227-8922

National Herpes Hotline
1-919-361-8488

National AIDS Hotline
(English-language service)
1-800-342-AIDS

National AIDS Hotline
(Spanish-language service)
1-800-344-7432

National AIDS Hotline
(TTY service for the deaf)
1-800-243-7889

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