…colored, flavored, ribbed, and lubed.
Whatever protection condoms give, they can only protect what they cover. This limits how safe they can keep you. “Correct” and “consistent” use of male latex condoms can reduce–though never eliminate–the risk of STD transmission. Since bacteria and viruses spread in many ways and people engage in a variety of sexual practices, this impacts condom effectiveness in preventing STDs.
According to the CDC, the surest way to avoid STDs is to refrain from sexual contact unless you’re in a long-term, mutually monogamus relationship with an uninfected partner.
Condoms are better than nothing. But you’re still gambling.
Condoms can be used to reduce the spread of HIV by about 85%. Since HIV/AIDS can be fatal, that’s good news. When used correctly and consistently every time, condoms provide some protection against other STI/STDs and pregnancy.
It’s difficult to prove just HOW effective condoms are for preventing most STI/STDs.
Sex is more than a physical act. It affects your emotions, relationships and, for some, spiritual beliefs.
Condoms can only protect what they cover.