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Mineral oil lubricants cause rapid deterioration of latex condoms

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      Abstract

      As little as sixty seconds' exposure of commercial latex condoms to mineral oil, a common component of hand lotions and other lubricants used during sexual intercourse, caused approximately 90% decrease in the strength of the condoms, as measured by their burst volumes in the standard ISO (International Standards Organization) Air Burst Test. Burst pressures were also reduced, although less dramatically. Lubricants such as Vaseline Intensive Care®and Johnson's Baby Oil®, each containing mineral oil, also affected condom integrity. Five min. exposure of condoms to glycerol, a frequent component of hand lotions and ‘personal lubricants’, did not significantly affect burst volume or pressure. Aqueous nonoxynol-9 spermicide did not affect either burst index.
      The implications of these results for contraception and protection from sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, are discussed.
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