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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do condoms protect against cervical cancer?

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    Prof Jonathan Carter

    Gynaecological Oncologist

    Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Sydney Head Sydney Gynaecologic Oncology Group, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Head Gynaecology Services, Sydney South West … View Profile

    The human papilloma virus, which is the causative agent of precancer and cancer of the cervix, is necessary for the development of cervical cancer. So condoms will reduce the exposure of the lower genital tract to the HPV virus, but there is still exposed skin with the condom in place, where the transmission of the HPV virus is possible. So, condoms are very useful in reducing the absolute risk but they are not absolutely guaranteed in reducing exposure 100%.

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