You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, yes, there is still a risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) even when you use a condom. While condoms are a great preventative measure, they are not 100 per cent effective.
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Some STIs are transmitted differently from others. Vaginal fluid, seminal fluid and/or blood are ways STIs can be transmitted, while others are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. STIs that are characterized by lesions or sores on the skin can occur outside of the condom barrier and exposed skin coming into contact with said lesions or sores could become infected.
A man will wear a condom to protect the covered area of his penis (urethra, shaft and head) from exposure to bacteria and virus’. The condom acts as a barrier between fluids, but does not eliminate all skin-to-skin contact. This means that the transmission of STIs like herpes, HPV, syphilis, pubic lice (aka crabs) or scabies can occur even when you use a condom.
There’s also the matter of condoms not always being used correctly, which can put someone at risk for infection. If the condom breaks, is torn, comes off completely or is used after initial sexual contact, STIs are able to be transmitted. Condoms are the most effective in the prevention of fluid-related STIs.
Not only should you use a new condom for each act of sexual intercourse, but the condom should be rolled down to the base of the penis. Not only does it cover a larger area, but it prevents slippage during the act.
When withdrawing after ejaculation, hold the base of the condom to prevent it from slipping off and be very aware of direct and indirect contact of your partner’s semen or vaginal secretions with your mouth, vagina, penis or anus. Safe sex is always the best sex.
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