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STD Prevention and Condoms-Do They Help?

No type of condom prevents sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) 100% of the time, however, if you and your partner are having sex, nothing protects against STDs better than a properly used condom.

Protecting Yourself Against STDs

For those sexually active, condoms must always be used to protect against STDs, even when using another method of birth control. They must be worn correctly and must be used every time you have sex. Condoms do not protect against infections spread from sores on the skin not covered by a condom.

Using Condoms Effectively 

Choose condoms made of latex, which is thought to be most effective in preventing STDs.  If you or your partner is allergic to latex, use a polyurethane condoms instead. Make sure the condoms have not expired, they can dry out and crack when old.  Keep the condoms away from heat or light which can cause them to break.  Only use water-based lubricants, other products can break down the condom material.

Preventing HIV Infection

Consistent and following the correct use of latex condoms is highly effective in preventing sexual transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Other STDs and Associated Conditions

Consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces the risk for many STDs that are transmitted by genital fluids (STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis).  Correct use of latex condoms also reduces the risk for genital ulcer diseases, such as genital herpes, syphilis, and chancroid, only when the infected area or site of potential exposure is protected. Some sexually transmitted diseases can be transmitted or contracted even if a condom is worn during intercourse if a STD on the skin is exposed to parts of an infected part of the partner’s body that is not covered by a condom.

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