Sunday, March 29, 2009

Do condoms really work?

Barry Artiste Op/Ed

Different condoms, for different purposes, bottom line, you get what you pay for!

Pick the wrong condom, and you'll contract something that you'll regret longer than luggage or worse.

A lack of labelling on condoms is giving sexually active Canadians a false sense of security, experts warn.

They want the federal government to require warnings on packages about how often condoms break and leak, leaving people at greater risk of pregnancy and disease.

"There is a huge variation across brands and types of condoms. They report anywhere from 0% failure rate all the way up as high as 30%," says Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Canada's research chair in social justice and sexual health.

She said the failure rates of different condoms should be written on their packages.

"So I can pick up the condom and say this one is 5%, this one is 2%," she said.

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