CAPE ARGUS, South Africa, October 21, 2004 ( – Doctors in South Africa are warning that condoms are an unreliable way to prevent sexually transmitted disease and most notably, HIV infection. The warning appears in the latest issue of the official journal of the South African Academy of Family Practice/Primary Care—South African Family Practice.

Authors, Professor Gboyega Ogunbanjo and Dr Donna Knapp van Bogaert said, “Many condom users just don’t know” that condoms have a high failure rate. “So the right message should be: it is better to use condoms than not, but to be aware that a condom does not provide full protection against pregnancy and/or sexually-transmitted infections.”  The authors referred to research published in 2003 in the South African Medical Journal, which revealed that condoms dangerously fail approximately 17 percent of the time.  tv


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