Lube-based condoms may be safe for men, but they may not be for women.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have found that condoms are more likely to come apart than finger- or finger-sized condoms.
“If you put two fingers in and one in, that’s about half the risk of getting an STD,” said senior author and UCSF associate professor of epidemiology Jessica Schmid.
The team compared condom samples from men and women with and without finger- and finger-size condoms.
“That’s probably not surprising,” she said.
“There’s some evidence that men use condoms a lot more often than women.”
The team’s findings are published online in the journal PLoS One.
Finger-sized condom in the study was made of a polyurethane material.
Finger condoms were made of polypropylene plastic.
The researchers compared condoms in terms of thickness, weight and shape to condoms made of finger-and-finger material.
“We found that finger condoms were much thinner than finger condoms,” Schmid said.
The finger condom tested at the UCSF study was 1.6 inches by 3.8 inches.
Finger condom used in this study was used by a woman who had sex with a man in the Netherlands.
They had unprotected anal sex, according to the researchers.
The woman was tested for STDs, but was not tested for HPV, which is transmitted through sexual contact.
The condom used was the same condom used by the woman in the Dutch study, which the researchers found to be 100 percent effective at preventing transmission.
The women in the second study who had condomless sex were tested for infection and HIV infection, according the researchers, but not for HPV.
The study did not include condomless sexual activity with partners who were not men, including condomless oral sex or sex with someone who was a woman.
Schmid’s team is now working on a follow-up study with more men.
They are planning to look at condom replacement and use among different groups of men and explore whether condoms are the best protection against STDs.
In a follow up study with the same group of men, Schmid and her team found that condom use was lower among those who had anal sex than among those without anal sex.
She said condom use is “likely to be more important” for those who have anal sex with other men, as the condoms can also be used for oral sex.
For women, Schubt said, condoms can help protect against STIs that can cause pregnancy.
She noted that there is no evidence to suggest that finger-sizes are safe.
“This is really the first study to show that finger size is a better protection than condom size,” she added.
“It’s really a shame that we’re so far away from having a better understanding of how much we need to protect against these STDs.”