Unfortunately, in our society many people have unprotected sex every day, and sometimes that results in people contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). A lot of young adults who are experimenting with sex are well aware that without a condom they may have an unexpected pregnancy. The scariest realization though is that so many young people today are under the false assumption that using a condom will protect them from ALL diseases they may contract through sexual intercourse. This is a dangerous and serious false belief that must be dispelled to help prevent the spread of STDs.
What STDs can you still get even while using a condom?
HPV (Human Papillomavirus): With over 100 different strains, this virus can go unnoticed without any symptoms. Other strains may cause genital warts or even cancer. The worst thing about this virus is that it can proceed in a latent form and there is no reliable STD test for HPV, which can result in unknowingly transmitting it to intimate partners.
Genital herpes: Once contracted, the genitals, anus, or upper thigh areas will erupt with sores or lesions. If a sore or lesion is exposed and a condom is not covering it during sexual intercourse, genital herpes can be spread easily from partner to partner.
Syphilis: This is a highly contagious bacterial infection occurring in the form of sores around the infection site. Wearing a condom does not prevent this disease 100 %. Furthermore, syphilis easily spreads through oral sex and sometimes even petting.
Public lice/Crabs: Most common among sexually active teens, these tiny insects infect the genital area and live in the pubic hair. Condom use is not able to prevent crabs from transmitting.
4 ways to minimize the risk of STD while wearing a condom
1. Use a new condom for each new sexual act and make sure it is not expired and with ample lubrication.
2. In case a man has an outsized penis, some condoms come in different sizes. Remember that a condom should be too tight or too loose.
3. To help prevent it from slipping off hold the base of the condom while the penis is still erect after ejaculation has occurred.
4. Monitor carefully if your or your partner’s semen or vaginal secretions may have directly or indirectly come into contact with the mouth, genitals or anus.
Use your condom sense!
Condoms must pass a rigorous inspection by the FDA in order to be considered able to prevent STDs, so use only certificated condoms.
Lambskin condoms are not safe when it comes to STDs and can effectively protect you only from unwanted pregnancy. This is due to the virus and bacteria’s ability to pass through the pores of a lambskin condom which are bigger compared to pores of latex condoms.
Condoms come in a variety of different types and nowadays are available for females as well.