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Testing Condom Efficacy

Testing Condom Efficacy Testing Condom Efficacy • • • By Jill Stein education and prevention the only weapons in the war on AIDS, the lowly condom has been summoned to join the arsenal being mobilized against the disease. But in the virtual absence of studies on pro¬ phylactics' effectiveness as a barrier to HIV, health authorities caution users not to believe that condoms eliminate the risk of transmission. Both United States health officials and condom manufac¬ turers say they are exploring ways to test the device's efficacy at stopping the pas¬ sage of HIV, through methods such as using fluorescent particles to simulate the virus. But until such protocols are ready to be implemented, users must rely on current methods. How are condoms tested now? What do the tests tell your patients about the device's reliability? as With Current Testing Methods Condoms are now evaluated only for the quality of the material from which they are made, be it latex or lambs' intes¬ tines. The testing standards were issued by the Philadelphia-based American So¬ ciety of Testing and Materials (ASTM), an organization that sets guidelines for eval¬ uating consumer products. Manufac¬ turers apply the standards on a voluntary basis. Russell Culp, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AIDS Patient Care Mary Ann Liebert

Testing Condom Efficacy

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 1 (3) – Dec 1, 1987

Testing Condom Efficacy

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 1 (3) – Dec 1, 1987

Abstract

Testing Condom Efficacy • • • By Jill Stein education and prevention the only weapons in the war on AIDS, the lowly condom has been summoned to join the arsenal being mobilized against the disease. But in the virtual absence of studies on pro¬ phylactics' effectiveness as a barrier to HIV, health authorities caution users not to believe that condoms eliminate the risk of transmission. Both United States health officials and condom manufac¬ turers say they are exploring ways to test the device's efficacy at stopping the pas¬ sage of HIV, through methods such as using fluorescent particles to simulate the virus. But until such protocols are ready to be implemented, users must rely on current methods. How are condoms tested now? What do the tests tell your patients about the device's reliability? as With Current Testing Methods Condoms are now evaluated only for the quality of the material from which they are made, be it latex or lambs' intes¬ tines. The testing standards were issued by the Philadelphia-based American So¬ ciety of Testing and Materials (ASTM), an organization that sets guidelines for eval¬ uating consumer products. Manufac¬ turers apply the standards on a voluntary basis. Russell Culp,

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Mary Ann Liebert
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Copyright 1987 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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0893-5068
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1557-7449
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10.1089/apc.1987.1.19
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Abstract

Testing Condom Efficacy • • • By Jill Stein education and prevention the only weapons in the war on AIDS, the lowly condom has been summoned to join the arsenal being mobilized against the disease. But in the virtual absence of studies on pro¬ phylactics' effectiveness as a barrier to HIV, health authorities caution users not to believe that condoms eliminate the risk of transmission. Both United States health officials and condom manufac¬ turers say they are exploring ways to test the device's efficacy at stopping the pas¬ sage of HIV, through methods such as using fluorescent particles to simulate the virus. But until such protocols are ready to be implemented, users must rely on current methods. How are condoms tested now? What do the tests tell your patients about the device's reliability? as With Current Testing Methods Condoms are now evaluated only for the quality of the material from which they are made, be it latex or lambs' intes¬ tines. The testing standards were issued by the Philadelphia-based American So¬ ciety of Testing and Materials (ASTM), an organization that sets guidelines for eval¬ uating consumer products. Manufac¬ turers apply the standards on a voluntary basis. Russell Culp,

Journal

AIDS Patient CareMary Ann Liebert

Published: Dec 1, 1987

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