Are condoms effective in preventing HIV transmission?

Correct and consistent use of a latex barrier for protection during sex greatly reduces the risk of transmitting HIV. They also reduce the risk of spreading other sexually transmitted diseases. Latex is the most common material for condoms. Viruses cannot get through it. Never use oil–based lubricants like hand or body lotion. These can cause tears and leaks in the latex causing it to break.
Condoms must be stored, used and disposed of correctly. Also, observe the expiration date on the package and tear it open carefully. Avoid opening by tearing the package with your teeth or using a scissors as tiny cuts may be made in the condom. Never use a product that has been previously used or exposed to extreme temperatures.