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Condoms & STDs: Myths & Best Practices

Condoms are the best defense from STDs when used correctly. However, there is some misinformation floating around and we wanted to debunk those myths and offer accurate information regarding proper condom use.

Myth #1: You can avoid STDs by having anal or oral sex.

Sex of any type — vaginal, oral or anal — can transfer STDs between partners. The viruses or bacteria pass through tiny cuts in the mouth, anus or genitals.

Best Practices: Use a new condom for every sexual act. For instance, if you or your partner move from oral to vaginal sex, use a new condom. It doesn’t have to be a cumbersome act, either. You can make it part of the foreplay. You and your partner can rest assured that you have each other’s best interests in mind.

Myth #2: All condoms are uncomfortable and desensitizing.

While it’s true that sex without condoms feels different than sex with condoms, there are almost countless options out there for sexually active people. It seems like condom brands are trying new things every day to make the experience pleasurable for both partners.

Best Practices: Try a variety of condoms to see which brand and style works best for you. You may need a different size. Several condom brands make different sizes such as snug fit or large fit to accomodate different men. If you’re allergic to latex, there are options out there.

Myth #3: I don’t need to use a condom the whole time during sex.

Yes you do. STDs can be transferred from one partner to another at any time during sex — including during foreplay.

Best Practices: Put a condom on as soon as the penis is erect, and don’t leave it on too long after you finish. Make sure to roll it all the way down to the base of the penis, and leave a little room at the tip for ejaculate.

Even with using condoms correctly, it’s still possible to transfer or contract STDs — sometimes condoms break. If you’re concerned you may have STDs, ARCpoint Labs offers comprehensive STD testing. To learn more, contact any location today.

 

 

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