When condoms are used consistently and properly they are effective in preventing the spread of many STDs during intercourse. They are effective in preventing hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
Barrier methods like condoms are very good at preventing sexually transmitted diseases by blocking the exchange of genital fluids.
The problem is condoms don’t entirely prevent transmission of all STDs because some STDs can be transmitted by skin to skin contact.
It’s very important to get regularly tested if you have multiple sex partners.
Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner or abstaining from sexual activity remains the most reliable way of preventing STDs.
STDs that can be contracted while using a condom include:
Genital herpes is a common viral STD marked by genital sores and pain.
It usually results in sores or lesions on the upper thighs, genitals or anus. Since some sores or lesions are found in areas that are exposed during condom use, transmission of infection is possible.
Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by the Molluscum contagiosum virus. The virus causes tiny little bumps on the skin. The small bumps usually appear about two months from the time of infection.
HPV (human papillomavirus)
HPV is a common sexually transmitted disease. It is caused by the human papillomavirus and may manifests as genital warts in some cases. These warts can be found on the genitals; its presence in areas not covered by a condom makes infection easy. Even without genital warts, HPV infection can occur skin to skin.
Syphilis is a highly contagious disease spread by sexual activity, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Syphilis manifests as a round, firm sore. While wearing a condom decreases the odds of getting infected, if the sores are located in areas not covered by the condom, it can be transmitted.
Pubic Lice (crabs)
Pubic lice are very small insects that infest your genital area. It is common among teenagers and adults who keep a full pubic hair. The pubic lice are spread sexually by skin to skin contact.
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