…colored, flavored, ribbed, and lubed.
Whatever protection condoms give, they can only protect what they cover. This limits how safe you really are. “Correct” and “consistent” use of male latex condoms can reduce–not eliminate–the risk of STI transmission. Since bacteria and viruses spread in many ways and people engage in a variety of sexual practices, this impacts condom effectiveness in preventing STIs.
According to the CDC, the surest way to avoid STIs is to refrain from sexual contact unless you’re in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.
Condoms are better than nothing. But you’re still gambling.
- Condoms can be used to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV by about 85%.
- When used correctly and consistently every time, condoms provide some protection against some STIs and pregnancy.
- It’s difficult to prove just HOW effective condoms are for preventing most STIs.
- Not all STIs are spread through bodily fluids – some are passed by skin-to-skin contact.
- Sex is more than a physical act. It affects your emotions, relationships and, for some, spiritual beliefs.
Condoms can only protect what they cover.
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