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PIA Press Release
2010/03/23

Condoms offer 85% protection from HIV, says WHO

Manila (23 March) -- Coming to the rescue of Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral, World Health Organization (WHO) assured that condoms, when used properly can prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Dr. Soe Nyunt-U, WHO representative in the Philippines, said "the correct and consistent use of good-quality condoms confers a level of protection as high as 85-90 percent against HIV transmission."

The WHO representative here said male and female condoms, when properly kept, stored, handled and used, are the only scientifically proven barrier products currently available against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

But even then, Boholano HIV-AIDS advocate Dr. Rene Bullecer earlier said there is only one excellent protection against AIDS: being faithful to the partner.

Acquired Immunity Disease Syndrome is often spread through multiple partners, faulty sexual habits and blood transfusion, Bullecer said. (PIA) [top]

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