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Condom use to protect from STD and HIV has been demonstrated in both the laboratory and epidemiologic studies. Check out this study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention called “Condom Fact Sheet in Brief.”
In this two-page document you can learn about why a condom can save you or your partner from the dread of an sexually transmitted disease.
But remember these two facts:
A condom only works if you use it. And it works best if you use it right.
Condom Fact Sheet In Brief
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. However, many infected persons may be unaware of their infection because STDs often are asymptomatic and unrecognized.
Condom effectiveness for STD and HIV prevention has been demonstrated by both laboratory and epidemiologic studies. Evidence of condom effectiveness is also based on theoretical and
empirical data regarding the transmission of different STDs, the physical properties of condoms, and the anatomic coverage or protection provided by condoms.
Other STDs and Associated Conditions
What is “Consistent and Correct Use”?
To achieve maximum protection by using condoms, they must be used consistently and correctly.
The failure of condoms to protect against STD/HIV transmission usually results from inconsistent or incorrect use, rather than product failure.
Inconsistent or Nonuse
Inconsistent or Nonuse of condoms can lead to STD acquisition because transmission can occur with a single sex act with an infected partner.
Incorrect use diminishes the protective effect of condoms by leading to condom breakage, slippage, or leakage. Incorrect use more commonly entails a failure to use condoms throughout the entire sex act, from start (of sexual contact) to finish (after ejaculation)