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My HIV+ boyfriend's ID doc told him that we needed to use condoms with spermicide.  I didn't think it made any difference as to whether or not a condom came with spermicide, since I thought spermicide was only used to kill sperm & prevent pregnancy, not kill HIV.  I've been on the pill for years, so pregnancy is not a concern.

Has anyone else ever heard of this?  Is there some sort of logic to her suggestion?  We're new to all this since he just found out he was positive about a week ago, & I wasn't able to take off work to go to his first appointment with him to ask questions.  

I just don't like the idea of using spermicide because in the past it's caused irritation.  But I guess if I have to , I will.
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spermicides do NOT prevent transmission of hiv or other sexually transmitted diseases.

a latex or polyurethane condom with PLENTY of water based lube is all that is needed.
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Your doctor was incorrect. You DO NOT use condoms with spermicides.
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Should spermicides be used with condoms?
The active ingredient in all of the over-the-counter (OTC) vaginal contraceptive drug products (spermicides) available in the U.S. is nonoxynol 9 (N-9). N-9 vaginal contraceptive drug products are used alone to prevent pregnancy, or with barrier methods such as diaphragms or cervical caps. Some condoms include a spermicidal lubricant containing N-9.

Recent clinical studies show that N-9 spermicides do not prevent or reduce the risk of getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from an infected partner, or against getting other STDs. Thus, N-9 spermicides should not be used for HIV/STD prevention or protection. Clinical studies also show that use of N-9 spermicides can cause vaginal and rectal irritation which could increase the risk of getting HIV/AIDS from an infected partner.

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