What’s the deal with lube?

The right lubricant can make all the difference. Dr. David covers different types of lube and how they can help prevent HIV.

Using a pre-lubricated condom or applying a small amount of water-based lubricant outside the condom can help prevent rips.

Oil-based lubricants (for example petroleum jellies, body lotions, mineral or vegetable oils) should NOT be used with latex condoms because they can cause the latex to break down, and reduce or eliminate the condom’s effectiveness.

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