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Do spermicides help prevent HIV and other STDs?

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Studies show that spermicides don't prevent STDs. Frequent use of spermicides containing nonoxynol-9 may actually cause irritation and small tears of the genital tissue, making it easier to get HIV and other STDs. If irritation of the vagina or penis develops, stop using those spermicides and follow up with your doctor.

SOURCES: Family Planning Services of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. EngenderHealth.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

SOURCES: Family Planning Services of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. EngenderHealth.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

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