Is there a danger of contracting HIV from donating blood?
No. There has never been a risk of HIV infection associated with donating blood. Blood banks and other blood collection centers use only sterile equipment and disposable needles. Are condoms effective in reducing the risk of HIV infection? Latex condoms serve as a barrier to prevent the passage of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Preliminary studies outside the laboratory show that latex condoms reduce, but do not eliminate, risk of infection. Though condom effectiveness varies, experts agree that proper use, every time, will greatly reduce the risk of infection. Failure of a condom is more likely due to improper use than failure of the product, but both can occur. Novelty condoms are not recommended for protection against HIV and STDs. If you have any further questions about HIV or STDs contact your physician, the Health Department at 742-5641, or the Council at 742-3762. You can also email us at ‘ ); document.write( addy52790 ); document.write( ” ); //–> ‘ ); //–> T