Every day in the U.S. more than 100 people are infected with the aids virus. The only contraceptive that can protect you from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is a condom. Consumer Reports just conducted tests to see which ones offer the best protection.
With all the choices when it comes to buying condoms how do you know which ones are best?
Consumer Reports just evaluated 23 for strength and reliability. In this test, each condom is inflated until it breaks.
The best consistently held at least 25 liters of air before breaking. Consumer Reports' Jamie Kopf says this test is a good indication a condom won't break during use.
All the condoms tested met the minimum industry standards. However, Consumer Reports' additional strength tests showed that some were stronger than others.
The two lowest rated condoms were from Planned Parenthood. However a third from Planned Parenthood did very well in the tests.
If you get your condoms from Planned Parenthood, opt for the one that looks like a lollipop. It's a brightly colored condom that's packaged on a stick, and it rated excellent in the tests.
If you get condoms at the drugstore, there are seven ranked at the top.
Two are from Durex, one from Lifestyles, one called Viva from Theyfit, and three from Trojan rated excellent in both strength and reliability.