If you’ve ever taken sex ed, then you might remember that condoms can protect against certain STDs. But when it comes to your sexual health, a hazy memory isn’t enough — you should be informed about the specifics on condom use and sexually transmitted diseases.
ARCpoint Labs is sharing all you should know about how condoms protect against STDs.
Condoms & STDs: What You Should Know
What STDs Do Condoms Protect Against
All of these STDs are transmitted by genital secretions. Since condoms prevent these secretions from contacting the mucosal surfaces like the male urethra, the cervix, or the vagina, they prevent the infection from spreading.
Other STDs like HPV, herpes, and syphilis are transmitted when uninfected skin comes into contact with genital warts or ulcers. Since an outbreak can occur on areas other than those covered by a condom, condoms are not 100% effective at preventing these STDs.
Use Condoms Consistently & Correctly
What exactly does using condoms consistently and correctly entail?
- Each time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex, use a new condom. Be sure to use the condom from start to finish — before any genital contact occurs, it must be on. (Even before full ejaculation, fluids can STDs).
- Remove the condom carefully when you are done so that no fluids leak.
- Be sure to dispose of the condom properly by wrapping it in a tissue and throwing it in the trash.
- If you feel the condom break during your sexual activity, stop right away, remove it, and replace it.
- Oil-based lubricants (massage oils, body lotions, cooking oils, and petroleum jelly, for instance) can weaken and break latex. It is a good idea to use water-based lubricants to ensure adequate lubrication.
Monitor Your Sexual Health at ARCpoint Labs
Using condoms can help protect your sexual health — but if you’re sexually active, the best way to ensure that you stay infection-free is through regular STD testing. Find your local ARCpoint Labs today to get started!