The use of condoms is an effective way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases STDs and unwanted pregnancies. However, misuse can significantly reduce their efficacy. Do you know how to use a condom correctly?
Consistent and correct use of the male latex condom reduces the risk of sexually transmitted disease STD and human immunodeficiency virus HIV transmission. However, condom use cannot provide absolute protection against any STD. The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STDs are to abstain from sexual activity, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.
This means only about 2 in every women would get pregnant in the course of a year. Does that 2 per cent refer to occasions when condoms break or tear or slip off? A jolly good question!
A male condom is a thin sheath placed over the erect penis. When left in place during sexual intercourse, oral sex or anal sex, male condoms are an effective way to protect yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted infections STIs. Male condoms are also an effective way to prevent pregnancy.
The condom is a form of male contraception. It also protects against sexually transmissible infections STIs. This page explains how a condom works and tells you how to use it.
Condoms are also readily available at your nearest convenience or drug store. A condom creates a barrier between you and your partner during sex. It prevents your skin and fluids from coming into contact with that of the other person.
The good news is that more sexually active teens are using condoms than 5 years ago. The not-so-good news is that not all sexually active teens are using them each time. But if you and your partner are having sex, nothing protects against STDs better than a properly used condom.
Correctly using male condoms and other barriers like female condoms and dental dams, every time, can reduce though not eliminate the risk of sexually transmitted diseases STDsincluding human immunodeficiency virus HIV and viral hepatitis. They can also provide protection against other diseases that may be transmitted through sex like Zika and Ebola. Using male and female condoms correctly, every time, can also help prevent pregnancy.